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From The New World - Ives, Adams, Stravinsky, Dvorak / Andris Nelsons [blu-ray]

Ives / Nelsons / Sym Orch Des Bayerischen
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 713504  
Composer:  Charles IvesJohn AdamsIgor StravinskyAntonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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It isn’t often that a young conductor excites audiences and stirs up critics to the extent that Andris Nelsons does. In this case, the young Latvian headed the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the orchestra of his mentor and fellow countryman Mariss Jansons, in a high-profile programme that calls for utmost virtuosity as much as it does for poetic zest: “From the New World” was the motto of this sweeping concert that received rave reviews and cemented Nelsons’ status as the “real deal”
Read more among up-and-coming conductors. Pairing Dvo?ák’s New World Symphony with other salient works from the 20th and 21st centuries that were also conceived on US soil, the event proved to be a triumphant showcase for all involved. “One rarely exper iences such a na tural connect ion between conductor and orchestra … Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra are a sensation!“ Stuttgarter Zeitung

Recorded live from the Herkulesaal, Munich, 2–3 December 2010

Picture format: 1080i High Definition
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 95 mins
No. of Discs: 1 (Blu-ray)

R E V I E W: 3733720.zz6_FROM_NEW_WORLD_Andris.html

FROM THE NEW WORLD Andris Nelsons, cond; Bavarian RSO C MAJOR 713504 (Blu-ray: 95:00) Live: Herkulesaal, Munich 12/3–4/2010

IVES The Unanswered Question. ADAMS Slonimsky’s Earbox. STRAVINSKY Le Chant du rossignol. DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 9

The young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is making quite an impression on the world of classical music. His Bayreuth debut came in 2010 (with Lohengrin, and he returns this year); he is the newly appointed music director of the Boston Symphony from the 2014/15 season; and he is still the music director of the UK’s City of Birmingham Symphony, a position he has held since 2008.

Ives’s The Unanswered Question seems to be recorded in a room/foyer of the Herkulesaal, with the four flutes on the main auditorium stage. It is beautifully rapt, full of beauty, with Ives’s characteristic dissonances making full effect. John Adams’s Slonimsky’s Earbox is a master class in glittering orchestration. The Bavarian RSO might seem an odd choice for this repertoire, given the tonal warmth that lies at the heart of their sound, but Nelsons ensures a performance that is as accurate as could be imagined and which seems to tap directly in to Adams’s energy. Although I have been less than complementary about Adams’s operas in some of my (non-Fanfare) journalistic scribblings, Slonimsky’s Earbox strikes me as a finely crafted and involving piece. Bustling textures and motoric scales are dispatched with hypnotic verve, and Nelsons clearly has a fine feel for the various sections of the work. This can hardly be everyday fare for the Bavarians, and perhaps that contributes to the freshness of the performance. Perhaps the more Stravinskian textures of the Adams are highlighted in honor of the fact that Le Chant du rossignol is up next?

The Stravinsky is given a glittering performance, everywhere virtuoso but always impeccably Stravinskian. There is a slight Boulez tinge to the delivery, a slight distancing that works very well indeed; yet the distance is not so far that the lusher textures are downgraded. There are also some stunning woodwind contributions, notably from the solo oboe. Nelsons balances the textures of the final “Jeu du rossignol mécanique” to perfection. The technical standard of the Bavarians is staggeringly high, the levels of control that each section of the orchestra demonstrates truly remarkable.

The final work is Dvo?ák’s “New World” Symphony. Nelsons’s approach is dramatic and involving, yet the care in terms of balance and timbre that seems to be his hallmark is there continuously. If ensemble is not perfect at the opening of the Largo, one has to remember the live provenance here. The English horn solo is as impeccably phrased and touching as one might by this stage expect. A feisty Scherzo offers fierce bite, something that runs over into the onset of the Finale. The excitement here is visceral, the audience’s cheers at the end completely justified.

Unlike the Paavo Järvi Stravinsky/Debussy Blu-ray reviewed elsewhere in this issue, there are no gimmicky camera angles to distract from one’s enjoyment.

FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Slonimsky's Earbox by John Adams
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 

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