DVORAK: Symphony No.6 Op. 60 B112, American Suite Op. 98b B190

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMC902188
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Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan
original title: Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No.6 & American Suite Op.98b
collection: harmonia mundi Classique

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  • While Dvorák's Symphony No.6 is clearly inspired by the Symphony No.2 of his friend and champion Johannes Brahms, its middle movements are more in the Slavonic tradition.
    ‘The Americans expect great things of me,’ Dvorák wrote in November 1892 to his friend Josef Hlávka, ‘and the main thing, so they say, is to show them the way to the promised land and kingdom of a new and independent art, in short, to create a national music.’ Dvorák’s years in the New World were, from an artistic point of view, unquestionably the most fertile of his entire career. In addition to the Ninth Symphony, he wrote there, among others, the Quartet Op.96 and the Quintet Op.97, the Biblical Songs, the Te Deum and the Cello Concerto. The Suite Op.98, which has only acquired the nickname ‘American’ in more recent times, was composed in the spring of 1894, initially for piano; a year later, shortly before returning to Prague, Dvorák arranged it for orchestra. Written when he was director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York, it is an exotic patchwork of Amerindian and Afro-American music but with a pronounced Bohemian accent. In these superb performances by the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester led by James Gaffigan, both the charm and folkloric character of these works are clearly in evidence.
  • Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
    James Gaffigan

    Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
    James Gaffigan [conductor]
  • 1 CD - 1h 7mn 52s
    upc/ean. 3149020218822
    ref. HMC902188
    release date. 2014-08-25

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