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Dvorák: Complete Symphonic Poems / Järvi, Royal Scottish No


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 2403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Dvorák's late symphonic poems on Erben's Czech 'folk' ballads are his most pungent orchestral compositions. Replete with macabre scenarios, in the manner of Grimm's fairy-tales, they tell stories with a sure instinct for primitive effect and scintillating orchestral detail. Järvi responds well to their febrile atmosphere, playing the melodies like songs – entirely appropriate since Dvorák used settings of Erben's verse as the basis for many of his themes. Just occasionally over-indulgent rubato compromises a clear sense of narrative and the neurotic world of The Hero's Song is rendered too literally, but these are mostly fine, perceptive performances." -- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine "Dvorák's late symphonic poems on Erben's Czech 'folk' ballads are his most pungent orchestral compositions. Replete with macabre scenarios, in the manner of Grimm's fairy-tales, they tell stories with a sure instinct for primitive effect and scintillating orchestral detail. Järvi responds well to their febrile atmosphere, playing the melodies like songs – entirely appropriate since Dvorák used settings of Erben's verse as the basis for many of his themes. Just occasionally over-indulgent rubato compromises a clear sense of narrative and the neurotic world of The Hero's Song is rendered too literally, but these are mostly fine, perceptive performances." -- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
My Home Overture, Op. 62/B 125a by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Bohemia 
2.
Water Goblin, Op. 107/B 195 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
3.
Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
4.
Noon Witch, Op. 108/B 196 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
5.
Wood Dove, Op. 110/B 198 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
6.
Heroic Song for Orchestra, Op. 111/B 199 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Bohemia 

Sound Samples

My Homeland, Op. 62, B. 125a: Domov muj (My Homeland), Op. 62
The Water Goblin, Op. 107, B. 195: Vodnik (The Water Goblin), Op. 107
The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109, B. 197: Zlaty kolovrat (The Golden Spinning-Wheel), Op. 109
The Noon Witch, Op. 108, B. 196: Polednice (The Noon Witch), Op. 108
The Wild Dove, Op. 110, B. 198: Holoubek (The Wild Dove), Op. 110
A Hero's Song, Op. 111, B. 199: Pisen bohatyrska (A Hero's Song), Op. 111

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