Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak: Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak: Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112

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Dvorak

Symphony No 6, Op 60 B112. Slavonic

Dances--Op 46 B83 No 8; Op 72 B147 No 3

Houston Symphony Orchestra / Andres Orozco-Estrada

Pentatone (F) [SACD] PTC5186 575 (52' * DDD/DSD)

You can't fault the Houston Symphony for consistency. Their March release of Dvorak's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies (5/16) was both big-hearted and boisterous, while verging on the brash. Their new recording of Dvorak's Sixth, also under Andres Orozco-Estrada, is much the same, except that this piece can better withstand their wildest impulses.

After all, is there anything in Dvorak's symphonies more rambunctious than the third movement? In this orchestra's hands, it booms. So, too, does the joyously rustic finale, where the players aren't afraid to get their boots muddy. The pacing is never in question, nor is the sense of fluidity: here, the unravelling of the lilting Allegro non tanto sounds truly seamless. And overall there's a strong sense that Orozco-Estrada is less preoccupied with moment-to-moment detail than with flow and overarching structure. …

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