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Dvorak: Symphonies 7 & 8 / Norrington, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Dvorak / Radio-sinfonieorchester Stuttgart Des Swr
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lively and idiomatic performances of these two great works.

These two symphonies make an admirable coupling; both amongst the composer’s best works but of dramatically different character. They are even more contrasted than usual here, with the G major Symphony receiving a performance of wonderfully appropriate affection which is never allowed to wallow, whilst the D minor work is treated at times almost brusquely. You would of course never expect that this conductor to be dull, nor is he but he does seem at times to be a little impatient with the work. It is not a bad performance but it is not one that brings out its full drama or makes the most of the subtle rhythmic twists. Phrasing is short-breathed, especially in
Read more the first movement, which results in a loss of the impulse that other conductors bring to the work.

Things are however much better in the G major work where the woodwind are encouraged to make the most of their delightful, almost rustic sounding, solos. The strings may seem at times a little underpowered but the ear soon adjusts to their tangy sounds which contrast rather than blend with the woodwind and brass, allowing much detail to emerge.

The recording is generally admirable and conveys the atmosphere of live performances. Even if I was slightly disappointed with the D minor Symphony overall the disc offers lively and idiomatic performances of these two great works.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
2. Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141: I. Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141: II. Poco adagio
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141: III. Scherzo: Vivace - Poco meno mosso
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141: IV. Finale: Allegro
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163: III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163: IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Refreshing New Approach. June 14, 2012 By John W. (Woori Yallock Vic., Australia) See All My Reviews "Norrington has taken a quite differet approach in this presentation. His focus is on crisp rhythms, and bringing the Cellos and Brass to the forefront.(compare von Karajan and the Berlin Phil.) It is new, highly successful, and invigourating.Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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