DVORAK

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 Dvorak’s Symphony No.8 is a symphony that marks Dvorak’s first proper venture into the profusion of ideas and effects that, after the Ninth Symphony, became his home ground as a composer.

Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’, received a rapturous reception at its Carnegie Hall premiere, a reception, which has been repeated thousands of times across the globe. Enjoy an extraordinary performance of two of Dvorak’s best known symphonies, beautifully performed by Japan’s leading symphony orchestra.

The Sapporo Symphony Orchestra is based in the Sapporo Concert Hall “Kitara” which boasts some of the finest acoustics in the world. The orchestra is distinguished by its clear sound and dynamic powers of expression, and has received glowing accolades from around the world.

 

SKU: SIGCD110

What people are saying

"The lovely passage (tr 2, 3’00”) where the woodwind melody is accompanied by delicate descending scales on the strings is exquisitely done … The finale is then measured and clean-cut with dramatically extreme dynamic contrasts … the Largo with its haunting cor anglais melody is refined, with exceptionally clean textures … Clarity of texture is again an outstanding quality of the last two movements … Altogether an excellent disc, generously filled" Gramophone

Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

Tadaaki Otaka – conductor

Release date:1st Nov 2007
Order code:SIGCD110
Barcode: 635212011027

Classic FM Magazine, March 2008, ***

Otaka directs refreshingly straightforward accounts of two much-loved and recorded symphonies that have a tendency to collapse under the emotional weight of over-interpretation. Otaka’s vision works particularly well in the enchanting Eighth Symphony which flows by effortlessly, fresh-textured and with rhythms delightfully pointed.

The ‘New World’ is a rather different kind of piece, one which (as witness the first moment’s fiery central development section) occasionally erupts with a visceral power and energy that Otaka has a tendency to shy away from. Everything is meticulously prepared and beautifully played, but the Sapporo players keep well within their emotional safety zone.

Julian Haylock

Gramophone, January 2008

The conducting of Tadaaki Otaka has long been appreciated in this country thanks to his outstanding work as music director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales between 1987 and 1996. Here he conducts with similar flair the excellent Japanese orchestra based on the Island of Hokkaido. As in his work in Wales, his approach is fresh and direct, with the first movement of No 8 taut and urgent, remarkable for the quality of the woodwind solo work.

By contrast, the second movement Adagio is warmly moulded but with no feeling of self-indulgence. The lovely passage (tr 2, 3’00”) where the woodwind melody is accompanied by delicate descending scales on the strings is exquisitely done, while the Scherzo goes with a winning swing,grazioso in every way, with the Trio equally persuasive. The finale is then measured and clean-cut with dramatically extreme dynamic contrasts.

The ever-popular New World symphony has similar qualities, with the first movement kept at a relatively steady pace through its contrasted sections, while the Largo with its haunting cor anglais melody is refined, with exceptionally clean textures again reflecting the outstanding acoustic qualities of the hall which is the home of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

Clarity of texture is again an outstanding quality of the last two movements with the Scherzo bouncily sprung and the final fresh and incisive, building up to a powerful coda, with the final chord fading on a diminuendo as specified in the score. Altogether an excellent disc, generously filled.

Edward Greenfield

  1. Symphony No.8, Allegro con brio – Dvorak – 10.02
  2. Adagio – Dvorak – 10.20
  3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace – Dvorak – 6.06
  4. Allegro, ma non troppo – Dvorak – 10.16
  5. Symphony No.9, Adagio – Allegro Molto – Dvorak – 9.24
  6. Largo – Dvorak – 11.18
  7. Scherzo (Molto Vivace) – Dvorak – 8.06
  8. Allegro con fuoco – Dvorak – 11.16
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