DVORAK Symphony No. 9 / Kubelik

ANTONÍN DVORAK

Symphony No. 9
»From the New World«
Berliner Philharmoniker
Rafael Kubelik
Int. Release 05 Jan. 2015
1 LP
0289 479 4383 9
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Track List

Side 1

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World"

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13:00

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Total Playing Time 22:24

Side 2

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World"

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Total Playing Time 19:53

. . . magnificent . . . It has the kind of freshness and vigour that remind one of what it was like to hear this piece for the very first time. The atmosphere is authentic and the sense of nature seems uncommonly acute. Kubelik has captured the enthusiasm of his players and generates a sense of excitement and poetry. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is marvellously eloquent. The woodwind phrase with great poetic feeling and imagination; come to that, all the orchestra responds with sensitivity and virtuosity. The recording has great dynamic range and encompasses the most featherweight string "pianissimo" to the fullest orchestral "tutti" without discomfort . . . in climaxes there is no lack of vividness, power or impact. The balance and timbre of each instrument is natural and truthful: nothing is made larger than life . . . formidably polished, affectionately shaped and cogently structured . . . the Berliners are at their magnificently opulent, unruffled best; indeed, the seductive sheen of the playing often takes the breath away . . . Very special, very Kubelik.

These accounts are quite magnificent, and their claims on the allegiance of collectors remain strong. Their freshness and vigour remind one of what it was like to hear these symphonies for the first time. The atmosphere is authentic in feeling and the sense of nature seems uncommonly acute. Kubelík has captured the enthusiasm of his players and generates a sense of excitement and poetry. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is marvellously eloquent and, as is often the case, a joy in itself. The woodwinds phrase with great poetic feeling and imagination, and all the departments of this great orchestra respond with sensitivity and virtuosity. The recording has great dynamic range . . . there's no lack of vividness, power or impact. The balance and the timbre of each instrument is natural and truthful; nothing is made larger than life and Kubelík has a natural warmth and flexibility. This will remain high on any list of recommendations for it has a vernal freshness that's wholly reviving.

Kubelik hat aus der Liebe zur Musik seiner tschechischen Heimat nie einen Hehl gemacht; und daher zählen diese Aufnahmen von Dvoraks Neunter zu den wahrhaftigsten im Katalog -- in dem Sinne, dass man bei Kubelik nie auf Vordergründiges, auf gewollt Inszeniertes stößt. Bei ihm strömt diese Musik auf natürliche Weise . . . [und] Kubeliks Dramaturgie verzichtet auf Effekte.