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Dvorak: Symphony No 9; Sibelius: Symphony No 2 / Paray


Release Date: 08/11/1992 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434317   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

They don't make 'em like this anymore. No musical tradition has suffered a greater decline than the French, and no conductor represented the French school more tellingly than Paul Paray. These are wonderful performances: fleet, unaffected, and simply exciting as hell. Paray lets his players play, shaping the performance in huge arcs of sound. The New World's largo seldom has sounded more earthy and folk-like, the outer movements more energetic and effortlessly propulsive. Similarly, this lean and mean Sibelius Second features some volcanic climaxes in the andante second movement and a finale that, like Szell's, never for a minute outstays its welcome. In these days of fussy, heavy, micromanaged conducting, conservatory students should be Read more chained to their stereos and forced to memorize every Paray recording that they can get their hands on. This is a disc that sets your pulse racing--available "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com.

--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:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1960 
Venue:  Cass Technical High School, Detriot, MI 
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1959 
Venue:  Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI 

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 a comment on the review above April 30, 2012 By Jonathan H. (Culpeper, VA) See All My Reviews "To quote the reviewer above: "No musical tradition has suffered a greater decline than the French." That's quite a generalization to make. Moreover, why is that important for a program of Dvorak and Sibelius?" Report Abuse
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