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Dvorak: Symphony No 7 Op 70, Golden Spinning Wheel Op 109 / Kreizberg, Netherlands Po

Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186082   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 7. The Golden Spinning Wheel Yakov Kreizberg, cond; Netherlands PO Amsterdam PENTATONE 5186082 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 65:57)

Yakov Kreizberg’s PentaTone recordings of Dvo?ák’s Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Symphonies have Read more revealed a clear pattern. The symphonies (and PentaTone’s sonics) are darkly colored and sober affairs to the point of suppressing the infectious rhythms inherent in Dvo?ák’s music. Even the sunny Sixth and lyrical Eighth are not particularly joyful in tone. On the other hand, perhaps because of their hyper-dramatic and often lurid programs, the tone poems bristle with excitement. The same is true in this recording. Of the final four Dvo?ák symphonies, the Seventh is probably best suited to Kreizberg’s approach. The first two movements are very good. In particular, Kreizberg moves the Adagio along relatively quickly, and in so doing, generates more urgency than solemnity. The third movement is one of Dvo?ák’s finest scherzos. Kreizberg’s basic tempo is okay, but he misses the characteristic lilt and swing that seems to come naturally with conductors like István Kertész and Witold Rowicki. The rambunctious fourth movement is admittedly difficult to pull off as it lurches toward that magnificent final cadence. Kreizberg does not quite hold it together. His slow tempo nearly loses forward momentum in the central section, and there are too many brief tempo shifts before a smoothly understated final cadence.

The opening of The Golden Spinning Wheel is arresting despite Kreizberg’s slow tempo that he maintains consistently until an unfortunate final headlong rush. Kreizberg takes about two minutes longer than Kertész, and not surprisingly, Kertész’s instrumental textures and tempos are lighter and more dance-like. Kreizberg is darker in tone and generates a little more dramatic impact. He doesn’t hesitate to linger over Dvo?ák’s seemingly endless stream of melodies. Once again, it seems that Kreizberg is more temperamentally in tune with the tone poems than the symphonies.

PentaTone’s sound is typical for this series. Orchestral balances and the fine instrumental detail at the beginning of The Golden Spinning Wheel are outstanding. The high frequencies could benefit from a little more sparkle and presence. To sum up, Kreizberg’s Dvo?ák Seventh is quite good, but his Golden Spinning Wheel is excellent. PentaTone needs to eventually release a collection of the tone poem fillers when Kreizberg’s cycle of symphonies is completed. It would also be good to hear his take on Dvo?ák’s concert overtures.

FANFARE: Arthur Lintgen
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 

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