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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos.7 & 8 [CD]

Marin Alsop Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
2. Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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The amount of felicitous detail here is more thn enough to justify purchase,even if you already own one or more versions of either work. Alsop should please both the eager newcomer on the lookout and the seasoned collector who knows and loves the music but fancies listening between the staves.There'll be no disappointment on either score. Grampohone recommends. --Gramophone,Aug 2010

''This splendidly recorded performance stands very high among available recordings…..with Alsop both infectious and persuasively symphonic.'' --BBC Music Magazine

Marin Alsop continues her exploration of all Dvorak's symphonies for Naxos with these two monuments from his output,the Brahmsian seventh and the cheerful yet restless eighth.The bewitching scherzo of the seventh and the lyrical adagio and allegretto grazioso of the eighth stand out in these meticulous live recordings.Alsop drawing some wonderfully sensitive,silky playing from her Baltimore players --Stephen Pritchard,The Observer,18/07/10

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Marin Alsop, direction

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonded good to me 17 Jun 2013
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I'm no musical expert, but I am very pleased with these performances. A good recording at a good price, so value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Cd but, perhaps, a little tame... 11 Jun 2010
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Speaking (or writing!) as a Scot who thought that the RSNO missed a trick in not appointing Ms. Alsop Principle Conductor, I have followed her career with interest. This CD is the latest instalment of her collaberation with the Baltimore S.O.

It's good if perhaps not reaching the heights of, say, Ivan Fischer or Mackerras. The Orchestra play well and there is a real sense of purpose to Ms. Alsop's reading of these much loved works. However, in the final balance, the performances don't really hit the heights.

Having said that, I wish these had been available when I was a teenager dipping my toe into the world of classical music in the 70's. Good but not great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good seventh, better eighth 6 Feb 2014
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I still prefer Neeme Jarvi's tense and well-recorded Seventh to this recording of a live performance by Alsop and the BSO. Jarvi's sound is a bit more present, and he catches the uneasiness of this piece very well. Alsop is certainly alive to it, and I thought her account of the scherzo movement particularly strong, but in the other movements too she shows a willingness to disturb the moments of repose or comfort rather better than, say, Andre Previn does in his lovely-sounding but too genial account on Telarc. Alsop's handling of the transitions into the quiet endings of the first two movements is very well done, leaving us not in suspense exactly, but slightly discomfited. The sound here is present but not particularly refined (in comparison, say to Previn's) but the weight of the lower strings and winds is well caught and is important to the success of Alsop's account.

The Eighth is perhaps Dvorak's most likeable symphony, so replete is it with wonderful melodic material. Alsop's account doesn't lessen my sentimental attachment to Karajan's old Decca Vienna account, which was one of the first classical records I owned about 45 years ago, and Kubelik's Berlin account is lovely too. But the great strength of Alsop's account -- and something I don't remember from earlier ones -- is the Mahlerian touch she brings to the slow movement. It's matter of phrasing, dynamics, and pauses, and it gives the movement the "unheimlich" quality that one associates with Mahler's innocent "Naturlauten." Everything else in the performance is just fine, but that second movement seemed really distinctive to me -- the outstanding feature of this fine CD.
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