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Dvorák from the
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Gaffigan's work ...'

Dvořák: Symphony No 6; American Suite Op 98b - Luzerner Sinfonieorchester / James Gaffigan. © 2014 harmonia mundi sa

On the present evidence, the American James Gaffigan, winner of the 2004 Solti Conducting Competition, is a first-class technician — the Lucerne Symphony responds to him with warm, well-balanced sounds and excellent ensemble — who knows how to animate a singing phrase. And his choice of Dvořák's Sixth Symphony, rather than a chestnut like the G major or the New World, is refreshing, suggesting an intrepid programming sense.

Still, even at the fringes of the standard repertoire, it helps to have a thorough understanding of a composer's aesthetic, and, for all his musicality, Gaffigan isn't yet quite on Dvořák's wavelength.

Gaffigan plays to the first movement's 'symphonic' power, rather than to its more pastoral inclinations...

Copyright © 31 December 2014 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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DVOŘÁK: SYMPHONY NO 6; AMERICAN SUITE

ANTONIN DVORAK

HARMONIA MUNDI

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

CZECH REPUBLIC

SWITZERLAND

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