Dvorak 47

Concertegbouw Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Barbirolli conducts Erik Satie, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak (2003)

Erik Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, Op. 70 (2003)
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1252 | Time: 01:07:28

This is a fine Testament release taken from the archives of Netherlands Radio and enshrines some magnificent Barbirolli performances in somewhat opaque sound. The Satie Gymnopedie's have a delicate and loving sound that reveal Sir John's deep and intrinsic love for the miniaturistic charm of these enchanting pieces. Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' was another Barbirolli speciality and this is one of many recordings available. However it is intriguing to observe the special attention and alertness that the Concertgebouw players impart to the music that takes on an added grandeur. However it is the Dvořák Seventh that is the real highlight of the disc as it is a version to die for! Sir John handles the music with real imagery and heart-on-sleeve emotion that almost rivals Kertész and Sejna, my other preferred versions in this landmark work.
Alexander Rudin, Musica Viva - Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013)

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in A major; Serenade for Strings in E major (2013)
Alexander Rudin, cello & direction; Musica Viva

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # FUG714 | Time: 01:03:29

For their fourth Fuga Libera-project, the Russian orchestra Musica Viva recorded one very famous, and one forgotten piece by Antonín Dvorak. The well-known piece is the Serenade for Strings in E major, written by Dvorak in 1875. It is believed that Dvorak took up this small orchestral genre because it was less demanding than the symphony, but allowed for the provision of pleasure and entertainment. The other piece is the Cello Concerto in A major. Unlike its brother, the B minor Concerto Op.104, this concerto has been more than overlooked. It was left un-orchestrated by Dvorak, existing only in piano-score form. It was only after his death that a few composers orchestrated this dazzling piece of music. Cello virtuoso Alexander Rudin, and Musica Viva let us taste from this magnificent forgotten treasure…
LPO, Neeme Jarvi, Soloists - Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs

Antonín Dvořák - Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs
Lisa Milne, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo soprano; Peter Auty, tenor; Peter Rose, bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: LPO | # LPO-0042 | Time: 01:24:41

Never performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before, and rarely heard in concert at all, the Requiem by Antonín Dvorák captured on this CD from a live concert seems a near-forgotten masterpiece. Dvorák scholar Gervase Hughes cites this work for four soloists, chorus and orchestra as one of the composer's finest sacred creations, 'a deeply moving expression of faith on the part of a composer whose religious conviction never wavered'. It's a conviction stamped through the composer's illuminating, fervent score.
Jamie Barton, Brian Zeger - All Who Wander: Songs by Gustav Mahler, Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius (2016)

Jamie Barton, Brian Zeger - All Who Wander: Mahler, Dvořák, Sibelius (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:00:46
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Delos | # DE3494

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton burst upon the global opera and concert scene in recent years after having won many of the world’s most prestigious prizes for vocal excellence and accomplishments. Delos has scored a major coup in releasing her debut album. Jamie’s well-chosen program of late-Romantic repertoire begins with eight of Gustav Mahler’s finest lieder – including his wonderful Five Rückert Songs – before treating us to the rare delights of Antonin Dvořák’s song cycle Gypsy Songs. Her album concludes with even more seldom-heard selections from the many lovely Swedish-language songs of Finnish master Jean Sibelius. This sublime album – further graced by pianist Brian Zeger’s peerless collaboration – will take your breath away, and leave you hungry for more from Jamie Barton, considered by many of the world’s top vocal and operatic experts to be the rising mezzo of our time.
Jean-Marc Luisada, Quatuor Talich - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1999)

Jean-Marc Luisada, Quatuor Talich - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 334 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 184 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans -> 53 Mb
Classical | Label: BMG / Rca Red Seal, #:74321 632112 | 01:17:26

Depuis son prix au prestigieux concours Frédéric-Chopin de Varsovie, le pianiste français Jean-Marc Luisada compte clairement parmi les spécialistes de la musique du grand compositeur romantique. Cet enregistrement est rare et a de quoi surprendre, même les plus blasés, par une discographie chopinienne plutôt abondante. Certes, Le Premier concerto de Chopin ne manque pas d'interprétations de grande valeur, mais la version chambriste que nous propose Jean-Marc Luisada en compagnie du Quatuor Talich permet un nouvel éclairage de la partition de Frédéric Chopin. Face aux équilibres tendus et intimes du quatuor, le toucher et le phrasé de Luisada s'expriment pleinement. La partition est à la fois légère et pleine, entraînante et réfléchie, lyrique et sobre. Ici, pas de lutte inégale entre le soliste et la masse orchestrale mais un échange permanent qui met en lumière des détails raffinés de l'écriture de Frédéric Chopin. L'équilibre est le maître mot de ce disque dans lequel dominent également l'amitié et la joie de jouer ensemble. Un disque rare.
Ana Maria Martinez, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek - Dvorak: Rusalka (2010)

Ana Maria Martinez, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek - Dvorak: Rusalka (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 149:23 | 657 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Glyndebourne | Catalog: GFOCD 007-09

Glyndebourne has wisely preserved the best of Melly Still's literal,cluttered and ugly 2009 staging; its world-class soundtrack;.Dvorak's operatic masterpiece is in Belohlavek's bones, and he gets a thrilling and luminous account of the ravishing score from the LPO on virtually flawless form. It is the most central European of london's symphonic bands, and certainly equals, if not surpasses, the idiomatic Czech Philharmonic on rival sets conducted by Vaclav Neumann (supraphon) and Charles Mackerras (Decca). Ana Maria Martinez's Rusalka-more warm -blooded than Gabriela Benackova , less self-indulgent then Renee Fleming-gives one of the most ecstatic acounts of the famous Song to the Moon on disc.
Czech Philharmonic; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jiri Belohlavek - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58 (2017) 2CDs

Antonín Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Op.58 (2017) 2CDs
Eri Nakamura, soprano; Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo; Michael Spyres, tenor; Jongmin Park, bass
Czech Philharmonic; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Decca | # 483 1510 DH | 01:23:02

Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, truly merits the adjective "tragic"; it was written after the deaths of two of the composer's children in succession, and his grief rolled out in great, Verdian waves. There are several strong recordings on the market, including an earlier one by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek himself, but for the combination of deep feeling, technical mastery from musicians and singers who have spent their lives getting to know the score, and soloists who not only sound beautiful but are seamlessly integrated into the flow, this Decca release may be the king of them all. To what extent was the strength of the performance motivated by Bělohlávek's likely fatal illness (he died days after the album entered the top levels of classical charts in the spring of 2017)? It's hard to say, although he also delivered top-notch performances of Dvorák's Requiem in his last days. The members of the Prague Philharmonic Choir sing their hearts out in the gigantic, shattering opening chorus, which has rarely if ever had such a mixture of the impassioned and the perfectly controlled. Sample the chorus "Virgo virginium praeclara" to hear the magically suspended quality Bělohlávek brings out of the singers in lightly accompanied passages.
The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993) [Repost]

The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonín Dvořák, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Collins | # 13862 DDD | Time: 01:01:01

An imaginative mixture of the popular and the unusual. Barber’s only quartet has at its heart the famous Adagio for Strings: the latter is an arrangement of the second of the quartet’s two movements. That Adagio – which here benefits not only from the unfamiliarity of the chamber original but also from the Duke’s sensitively understated approach on their first recording for Collins Classics – is here surrounded by some captivating faster music (including a brief return to the opening Molto allegro’s ideas). And Robert Maycock’s excellent booklet notes hint at what those famous seven minutes of slow, sad passion in particular could really be said to be about: young homosexual love in the Austrian woods. Thirty years later, in 1966, another American in Europe, and still in his twenties, wrote his first string quartet, though it’s unlikely to be a direct reflection of love, this time in Paris.
Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Gerd Albrecht - Dvorak: Dimitrij (1991)

Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Gerd Albrecht - Dvorak: Dimitrij (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:10:08 | 881 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Supraphon | Catalog: 11 1259-2

'Dimitrij' was presented in several different versions during the composer's lifetime. It was premiered in 1882, with cuts and revisions occuring in the 1886 piano reduction. The work was further revised in 1894 (this version premiered in Prague in that year), however the final performances in Dvořák's lifetime (in Plzeň in 1904) consisted of the first version combined with the third act in the second version.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, The Golden Spinning Wheel (2006) (Repost)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, The Golden Spinning Wheel (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:51 | 263 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec Classics | Catalog: 8573 87630-2

Pierre-Laurent Aimard continues to present a repertoire for the piano that is never less than imaginative and is always compelling. The Dvorák Piano Concerto is rarely heard, not because it lacks beauty or inventive scoring for both piano and orchestra, but because the piece has gained the reputation of the 'Tristan' of concertos. Enter Pierre-Laurent Aimard and all of that changes.