Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
|1||Allegro con brio||
|3||Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace||
|4||Allegro ma non troppo||
|5||Holoubek, Op. 110|
|(The Wild Dove – Die Waldtaube)||
|6||Polednice, Op. 108|
|(The Noon Witch – Die Mittagshexe)||
Antonín Dvorák 1841 - 1904
PTC 5186 065
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Dvorák’s “Symphonische Erzählhaltung”
Without the support and vote of confidence of Johannes Brahms, life would have turned out very differently for Antonín Dvor
Yakov Kreizberg, conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra of Amsterdam, takes us deeper into the heart of the Eighth Symphony. There is unexpected drama beneath the rural innocence of the Adagio, and Kreizberg brings it out. The folksy element is counterpoised by a strong sense of yearning in the initial theme, and later by a startling dramatic outburst towards the close…. Kreizberg does a splendid job with the changing metrics in the scherzo movement….. The stirring fanfare at the opening of the finale gives the NPO brass the opportunity to shine. Kreizberg brings this movement, by turns boisterous and tender, to a memorable conclusion….. An impressive outing for Kreizberg and the NPO. This conductor and orchestra seem to sound better on each new encounter.
Dr Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Society
“The tone poems are played with a sense of discovery and engagement that place the musicianship on a different plane altogether……Wonderful stuff - it's worth buying for this alone”.
John Broggio, SA-CD.net
Again the Dutch orchestra is in fine form, Kreizberg a dynamic, sensitive leader. The Ninth was recorded live in the Concertgebouw; this new SACD was recorded in Beurs van Berlage, Yakult Hall in Amsterdam in May 2006 with producer Job Maarse who has captured orchestral sound with remarkable clarity. Recommended!
Robert E. Benson, classicalcdreview.com
“The multichannel version again emphasizes that PentaTone’s engineers have few, if any, peers in high-resolution surround-sound recordings. The combination of ambient information, fine inner detail, and dynamic headroom is outstanding. The climaxes are reproduced with effortless ease”.
“Kreizberg plays the crucial dramatic pauses in the second movement effectively, and he builds the climaxes slowly and grandly without making it sound like Götterdämmerung…..
These are fine performances with excellent sound.”
Arthur Lintgen, Fanfare
“These performances are justly paced, with perfectly judged dynamic contrast. The result is that Kreizberg’s Symphony 8 joins Bruno Walter’s LP with the Chicago Symphony, from 1961, as one of my two favourite non-Czech recordings.”
Stereophile January 2008
“The orchestra’s performance is captured in very, very good sound, PentaTone’s Multichannel mastering reaping great rewards. These are admirable performances, worthy of one’s great consideration.”
Dave Paxton musicOMH.com
“There’s great music on this disc and with performances and sound quality not to be missed, it is highly recommended.”
Richard Foster, HiFi+ magazine