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Dvorák: American Suite / Yablonsky, Et Al


Release Date: 01/18/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557352   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Dmitry YablonskyAlexander Trostiansky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This generously-filled disc presents more than 78 minutes of Dvorák orchestral miniatures, of which only Silent Woods is likely to be immediately recognized by most listeners (it, as well as the Rondo for cello and orchestra, usually winds up coupled on disc with Dvorák's Cello Concerto). Coming up second is the American Suite, which features psuedo-ethnic stylings similar to those found in the composer's New World Symphony and "American" String Quartet.


The "old world" is stylishly evoked in Dvorák's clever and engaging Five Prague Waltzes, as well as in the E-flat Polonaise, B-flat Polka, and the Mazurka for Violin and Orchestra. The earliest work in this collection, Seven
Read more Interludes for small orchestra, also is the rarest. While the thematic material doesn't achieve the ingenuity and individuality of his later work, Dvorák makes it interesting by varying the mood, atmosphere, and dramatic content of the movements, which range in style from terse conflict to lyrical meditation to joyous celebration.


Finally, the most arresting work on the program is the beautiful Nocturne in B. Dmitry Yablonsky slightly misses the mark here--his too-swift tempos diminish the enchantment usually created by this music. Everywhere else however, the conductor's instincts are dead-on as he leads idiomatic, vibrant, and colorful performances with the Russian Philharmonic. The recording is a little lacking in warmth and presence, but otherwise it sounds fine. This release is self-recommending for Dvorák specialists, but others who enjoy gorgeous, finely crafted, and stimulating orchestral music should hear it as well.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra in A major, Op. 98b/B 190 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
2. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Dmitry Yablonsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003)
Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
3. Polonaise in E flat major, B 100 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
4. Prague Waltzes, B 99 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
5. Polka in B flat major, Op. 53a/B 114 "For Prague Students" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
6. Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 49/B 90 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alexander Trostiansky (Violin)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
7. Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Dmitry Yablonsky (Cello)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
8. Pieces (7) for Orchestra, B 15 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 23 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 
9. Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op. 40/B 47 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1875/83; Bohemia 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio, Russia (10/10/2003 - 10/12/2003) 

Sound Samples

Mazurek, Op. 49, B. 90: Mazurka for Violin and Orchestra, B. 90 (Op. 49)
Rondo in G minor, Op. 94, B. 181: Rondo in G minor for Cello and Orchestra, B. 181 (Op. 94)
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: I. Capriccio (Allegro risoluto)
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: II. (Andante sostenuto)
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: III. Con molto espressione
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: IV. Allegro con brio
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: V. (Allegro assai)
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: VI. Serenata (Andantino con moto)
7 Pieces (Interludes) for Small Orchestra, B. 15: VII. Allegro animato
Silent Woods, Op. 68, No. 5, B. 182: Silent Woods (Klid) for Cello and Orchestra, B. 182 (Op. 68, No. 5)
Polonaise in E flat major, B. 100
Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, B. 47: Nocturne in B major, B. 48 (Op. 40)
Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190, "American": I. Andante con moto
Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190, "American": II. Allegro
Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190, "American": III. Moderato (Alla Polacca)
Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190, "American": IV. Andante
Suite in A major, Op. 98b, B. 190, "American": V. Allegro
Prague Waltzes, B. 99: 5
Polka in B flat major, Op. 53a, No. 1, B. 114, "For Prague Students": Polka in B flat major, B. 114 (Op. 53a/1), "For Prague Students"

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