Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Prťalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallť
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

AntonŪn DVORŃK (1841-1904)
Symphony No. 9, in E minor, op. 95 From the New World [40:05]
Slavonic Dances op. 46: No. 1 in C major - Presto [3:44], No. 2 in E minor - Allegretto scherzando [4:19], No. 3 in A-flat major - Poco allegro [4:40], No. 4 in F major - Tempo di menuetto [6:22], No. 5 in A major - Allegro vivace [3:33], No. 6 in D major - Allegretto scherzando [5:08], No. 7 in C minor - Allegro assai [3:33], No. 8 in G minor - Presto [4:04].
Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra/Michel Tabachnik
rec. Studio 4, Flagey (Brussels), September 2010 and July 2011
BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC RECORDINGS BPR002 [73:53]

Experience Classicsonline



This is a very fine disc in many ways. Despite that it does beg the question: Who is it aimed at? It should certainly sell well in Belgium and it will fully deserve its success but in the cold light of day the admittedly generous choice of coupling lets it down.
 
The New World can be found with the 8th symphony on a superlative Decca CD with Kertesz and the LSO in great form. The complete Slavonic Dances - Opus 46 and 72 - are well served by Jarvi (Chandos) and Dorati (Mercury). Iím surprised that the Brussels Orchestra didnít record both sets of Slavonic Dances and issue them on a single CD, leaving the New World to find a more appropriate partner. Thereís another fatal blow to the discís competitiveness in the overcrowded international market and that is the omission of the exposition repeat in the first movement of the symphony. For some this will be of no major consequence, for me itís ruinous.
 
Thatís most of the negative stuff out of the way. The orchestra plays with great spirit and everything they do is fresh and spontaneous. The first movement of the New World opens rather slowly and solemnly but it soon springs to life. The first theme is really exciting (good horns) and itís well captured by the engineers. The famous flute melody leaps forward - a bit of artificial highlighting here? - and immediately afterwards the violins shape the melody with great care. The cor anglais in the slow movement may not be to everyoneís taste with its wide vibrato and creamy tone. It may be a wee bit emotionally over the top but at least it offers a new approach. The Molto vivace is dominated by a gorgeous woodwind section that plays beautifully throughout and the Allegro con fuoco certainly has lots of power, fire and momentum. Ensemble isnít always immaculate; there are a couple of less than perfect patches in the last two movements, especially near the start of the fourth movement where Tabachnik pushes on with an adrenalin rush and the horns and strings go awry for a couple of bars. Itís very bracing though! Michel Tabachnikís overall view of the symphony is unfussy and itís full of lovely interpretative touches. Itís obvious that a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into this. The sound is sweet and immediate with a large but comfortable dynamic range. The brass is superb, the timps are too far back and cavernous for my liking - soft sticks were used, maybe - but the strings are forward and glowing. Some noisy bowings are captured here and there amid the first violins but thatís of little consequence. The players are going for it - this is no studio run-through. Had you heard this New World at a live concert you would have been well satisfied but would you go back to it again ahead of Kertesz (Decca), Rowicki (Philips) and Alsop (Naxos)? The answer is probably not. Did I enjoy hearing it? I most certainly did.
 
The Slavonic Dances, clocking in at 33:48 are hardly mere fillers. The Brussels Philharmonic is a fine orchestra and they really shine in the Op. 46 set. They sound as if they are having a great time and are clearly on their toes. What a shame the coupling isnít Op. 72. That disc would have been a winner. Maybe Iím jumping the gun and the Op. 72 and the 8th symphony are Ďin the caní for a future release. What we have here is some magnificent playing. It sparkles, has wonderful rhythmic impetus and most telling of all, the music is allowed to relax and speak for itself in the quieter passages. There are some melting, lyrical moments to catch the ear. A super set. The orchestra should be very proud of their achievement.
 
In summary, a good but not market-leading New World coupled with an infectious set of Slavonic Dances naturally recorded in a warm acoustic and directed with flair by Michel Tabachnik. It will be interesting to see what direction the orchestra takes for its future releases. Maybe they could focus on some under-recorded or unrepresented repertoire by its Belgian compatriots.
 
John Whitmore
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.