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Quite Magical

Marin Alsop conducts
Dvorák Symphonies -
enjoyed by
HOWARD SMITH

'The Baltimores' finale sings and blazes with equal compulsion ...'

Dvorák: Symphonies Nos 7 and 8. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop. © 2010 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Alsop and her Baltimore players (recording in 2008/09) more than hold their own on a timeline of stellar Dvorák recordings. With their direction these gorgeous symphonies are infused with pellucid, joyous, Bohemian inflexions, a felicitous attention to detail, plus sufficient drama and lyricism for the most discerning of listeners.

Alsop's pacing is quite magical, and the superb sound captured in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore) reflects the work of producer Steve Epstein, adjunct professor of Classical Music Recording at McGill University (Montreal) and Grammy winning recording engineer Richard King (McGill).

All considered, these are sovereign performances which among modern alternatives emerge unrivalled.

However it's patently obvious the later symphonies of Antonin Dvorák are well represented on disc and among early recordings one may choose to hear them from great European orchestras and legendary conductors...

Copyright © 16 September 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: DVORÁK: SYMPHONIES 7 AND 8

ANTONIN DVORAK

MARIN ALSOP

NAXOS

CZECH REPUBLIC

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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