Magazine article Czech Music

Antonin Dvorak: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9, American Suite

Magazine article Czech Music

Antonin Dvorak: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9, American Suite

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek. Production: Andrew Keener. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: 1987, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. Released: 2008. TT: 75:12, 67:12. DDD. 2 CD Virgin Classics/ EMI 50999 5 22039 2 3.

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The engagement of the leading Czech conductor Libor Pesek in Liverpool enriched musical life in Britain but also had an important feedback effect on the development of music interpretation here in the Czech Republic. The indisputable talent of Libor Pesek brought to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic a new spirit combining professionalism with emotional warmth and passion. Dvorak's 7th Symphony was originally premiered in London in 1885, with the composer conducting, and it was to have major consequences for the entire future direction of his life. In the first two movements the composition is generally grave and dreamy in mood, but in the Scherzo it already stands on firm ground in its own rhythmic and fresh spirit. The final Allegro is once again shot through with melancholic melodies and an unrelenting rhythm. In the 8th "English" Symphony, one is fascinated by the delicacy of Pesek's treatment of the introduction, which quite unambiguously characterises the work. …

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