Dvorák - Symphony no.9 "From the New World", Sibelius - Symphony no.2 (APE)
Dvorák – Symphony no.9 “From the New World”, Sibelius – Symphony no.2 (APE)

Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Paray
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Mercury
Size: 369 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 “From the New World” – 1. Adagio – Allegro molto
02. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 “From the New World” – 2. Largo
03. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 “From the New World” – 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
04. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 “From the New World” – 4. Allegro con fuoco
05. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 – 1. Allegretto – Poco allegro – Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
06. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 – 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato – Andante sostenuto
07. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 – 3. Vivacissimo – Lento e suave – Largamente
08. Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.43 – 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)

Best Dvorak 9th

Ignore the other reviews which complain about it being too fast. That is precisely why this recording soars above all others. It keeps the momentum going from beginning to end. I grew up on the Reiner version, and was blown away by this one. As another reviewer suggested, music is very subjective. While some may have grown up on slower versions of this piece and cannot get used to the faster performances, Paray’s performance worked for me. It’s now my go to recording for this work. George Szell is slower in this one, but he is known for breakneck speeds in other works (Schubert 9, for example). So, give it a listen, and hopefully you’ll love this one too. The Sibelius was okay, but I will admit that this work never made much of an impression on me. Get this CD for the Dvorak.

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