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This review is from: Symphonies 7, 8 And 9, Symphonic Variations (Mackerras) (Audio CD)Although the quality of this double CD set is very high, for me, Symphony No 9 - from the New World - stands out above all the rest. The famous slow largo in the second movment is widely regarded as being the best melody in classical music, being both moving and relaxing, and the bold militancy of the brass in the 4th movement is always a pleasure when one is in a particularly violent mood.
The other works are good as well, but being broadly of the slow string nature, and lacking in the sheer melodic beauty of the 9th's Largo, don't speak to me as much. Nevertheless, this record is extremely good value - and I would recomend to anyone who has any emotion or sense of Romanticism. For me, Dvorak's 9th Symphony represents the pinacle of mankind's artistic achievement.
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Initial post: 24 May 2010 08:33:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2010 08:42:01 BDT
J. Severidt says:
"The famous slow largo in the second mov[e]ment is widely regarded as being the best melody in classical music" Isn't this a rather absurd claim to make (of any melody)?
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2010 07:40:33 GMT
Ian G. Manning says:
I agree, & though the 'New World' abounds in singable melodies & memorable themes, it doesn't have the powerful, tragic & truly symphonic structure of the 7th, which I regard as one of the greatest
symphonies ever written.
Also, 'hopkinsm55' - how on earth can the 'other works' be described as being ' broadly of a slow string nature', when forceful Slavonic rhythms & great brass outbursts, characterize the other 2 symphonies ?
I suggest you give the 9th a rest, & listen attentively to the 7th & 8th. You will be rewarded !
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