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Dvorák: Symphony No 9, Scherzo Capriccioso / Ormandy


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 38053  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

This Japanese RCA reissue, available on demand from Arkivmusic.com, features a majestic and gorgeously played "New World" symphony, with an impressively lyrical Largo and powerful climaxes. Eugene Ormandy's previous New World, for Sony, actually was made with the London Symphony, one of his few recordings with an orchestra other than Philadelphia, so it's good to hear him with his own orchestra in this music. The performance of The Moldau is cut from the same cloth: you can find more energetic versions, but there's no disputing the excellence of the orchestra or the music's richly lyrical thrust.

The Slavonic
Read more Dance makes a fine encore and receives a performance that's so powerful that the dance element almost gets lost in the welter of sound. Still, it's awfully exciting. Unfortunately the Scherzo capriccioso falls flat; it's not just the slightly stodgy tempo, but also the dull sonics that make listening a chore. As with several issues in this series, the performances really need careful remastering from original tapes--but happily everything else sounds good, if hardly state of the art. If you collect Ormandy, you'll be glad to know that this title is readily available.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1976 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Philadelphia 
2.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1968 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia 
3.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 8 in G minor, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1971 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Philadelphia 
4.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 02/05/1970 
Venue:  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Philadelphia 

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