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Dvorak: Symphony No 9

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak: Symphony No 9

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Dvorak

Symphony No 9, 'From the New World', Op 95 B178. The Noon Witch, Op 108 B196

Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra / Marcus Bosch

Coviello (F) [SACD] COV91618 (56' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live at the Meistersingerhalle, Nurnberg, May 11-14,2016

With this live recording of the Ninth, Marcus Bosch is close to concluding his Dvorak cycle for Coviello. As in previous recordings with the Nuremberg State Philharmonic, Bosch's Dvorak is brusque, especially in the bucolic moments. He pulls back for teasing rubatos in the first movement (which includes the exposition repeat), but presses on fiercely during its closing pages. The Molto vivace has a strong folksy feel and the finale is bracing.

Whether the Largo explores Native American melodies or is merely Dvofak pining for his Bohemian homeland, it deserves a less matter-of-fact performance than it receives here--the famous cor anglais solo sounds under-nourished and muted horns lack mystery, although the clarinets glow with a mulled spice warmth. …

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