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Dvorak: Mass in D & Te Deum / Wit, Navarra Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 05/12/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573558  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Marina Rodriguez-CusiJosé Antonio LopezEwa BiegasJavier Tome
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones ChorusNavarra Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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A native of Bohemia, Antonín Dvorák contributed much to the re-establishment of Czech national musical identity in the 19th century. It was the popularity of his choral music in England, however, that led to the development of the Mass in D from its smaller-scale original into a movingly dramatic and jubilant masterpiece with full orchestra. Dvorák's celebratory Te Deum is comparable in form to a four-movement symphony. Antoni Wit is considered by ClassicsToday.com to be "the best conductor around these days for big choral
Read more works". His acclaimed recording of Dvorák's Requiem is available on Naxos 8572874-75. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mass in D major, Op. 86/B 153 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Marina Rodriguez-Cusi (Mezzo Soprano), José Antonio Lopez (Baritone), Ewa Biegas (Soprano),
Javier Tome (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones Chorus,  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
2.
Te Deum, Op. 103/B 176 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  José Antonio Lopez (Baritone), Ewa Biegas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones Chorus,  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Mass very depressing June 16, 2017 By Linda H. Linker L. (Cincinnati, OH) See All My Reviews "I found the Mass to be very depressing and dull. This surprised me because I usually enjoy Dvorak." Report Abuse
 More fine Dvorak from Wit, from Navarre May 25, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "I'm a big fan of the conductor Antoni Wit. His Naxos discography is extensive, and a string of awards has people paying more attention to his new releases. The discs I've enjoyed the most have been with the excellent Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, including a very fine 2015 Dvorak Requiem. Wit is also (since 2013-14) the Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, and this I believe is his first recording with this orchestra. The Mass in D and the Te Deum are both very appealing works from a choral composer of the first order. Though both are smaller in scope, they reach the same peaks of pathos, awe and consolation as Dvorak's Requiem. The lovely swinging opening Kyrie of the Mass is sung and played by Wit's Spanish musicians with the utmost delicacy, though Wit teases out the backbone as well. Dvorak's Brahms and Beethoven models are perhaps more forward than they might be with a Eastern European orchestra. The choral singing from the Orfeon Pamplones is superb, and all four soloists are strong, with soprano Ewa Biegas a stand-out." Report Abuse
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