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Dvorak: Symphonies-No 4, Op 13 B41

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak: Symphonies-No 4, Op 13 B41

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Dvorak

Symphonies--No 4, Op 13 B41; No 8, Op 88 B163

Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra / Marcus Bosch

Coviello [F] [SACD]. COV91412 (73' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live at the Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg, February 12-15, 2014

Marcus Bosch is at his best in the lyrical second subject of the Fourth Symphony's finale, which has something of a Brucknerian aura about it. The Scherzo, however, although spirited, is a little bland, the pizzicato underpinning of the principal theme less distinct than it might have been. Commentators tend to align the Third rather than the Fourth Symphony with Wagner but in this performance the opening of the Fourth's Andante second movement wears its Wagnerian pedigree very close to its sleeve.

It's a good performance, generally well played, the Eighth likewise, though needless to say here the competition hots up a great deal. When reviewing Jose Serebrier's generally superior version I cited Manfred Honeck as the current CD gold standard and I've yet to hear a modern version that dissuades me from that standpoint. Beyond the slow opening, Bosch cues a vigorous Allegro con brio with a refreshing lack of disruptive rallentandos (always a temptation in this movement), though in the fast coda the orchestra sounds as if it's straining to keep up (the brass especially, at around 8'33"). …

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