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dvorak staatsphilharmonic nurnberg; Marcus bosch conducting Symphonies 3 & 7
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Glorious Dvorak, and a rarity in the 7th April 29, 2013
By David R. (Pine, CO) See All My Reviews
"This disc was my first encounter with conductor Marcus Bosch. Perusing the list of Bosch's available recordings, it appears he seems to specialize in the big, heavy stuff - lots of Mahler, Bruckner and Brahms. Had I known that before I bought this disc, I probably would have passed on it. Dvorak certainly doesn't need to be big and heavy! Fortunately, it isn't here. Oh, it is certainly passionate. And dramatic. But it is also alive and interesting and colorful. The 3rd Symphony, in particular, is simply glorious. This is one of the best recordings I have ever heard of it. Bosch infuses it with life and direction and it makes such musical sense. The rarity comes in the second movement of the 7th Symphony. Bosch uses a recently discovered original version, which adds back over 50 bars of music Dvorak excised when he revised it. This is the premier performance of this original version, as edited by Jonathan Del Mar in 2010 (according to the booklet). I was unaware of this when first listening to this recording (it is announced/advertised on the back cover only by a faint, microscopically small asterisk, with very faint light gray text at the bottom of the page). It certainly came as a shock (!) hearing familiar music suddenly take off in a different direction, expanded in completely different orchestration. I grabbed the booklet and began searching for an explanation. It is fascinating listening. But, in the end, I think Dvorak was right to remove the extra bars. They are, frankly, a bit redundant. However, Coviello really should have pointed out this salient fact on the front cover. It would be easy to pass over yet another Dvorak 7th recording, and this original edition certainly makes it unique and distinguishes it from the competition. Fortunately, the performance of the entire symphony is excellent, if not quite up to the level of inspiration Bosch finds in the 3rd. But it is better than most, as is the superlative sound of this Coviello SACD. It is a live performance, but the audience is very well behaved. Strongly recommended."