May brings first of three Dvorák recordings by renowned conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Antonin DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9 (”From the New World”)
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra;
Marin Alsop
Recorded Live in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
June 6 – 10, 2007 (Symphony No. 9); June 14, 15, & 17, 2007
(Symphonic Variations).

In 2007-2008, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop embarked on a new partnership with the Naxos label to record a three-disc series of Antonin Dvorák’s Symphonies Nos. 5-9 and Symphonic Variations. On May 27, Naxos of America releases the first disc of the series, which features Maestro Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Dvorák’s beloved Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ and the Symphonic Variations, Op. 78. Recorded live during performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in June 2007, this is the BSO’s second commercial release since Marin Alsop was appointed Music Director in 2007.

On the series of new recordings, Maestro Alsop has commented:

 ”I’m thrilled to be part of this new collaboration between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Naxos. The BSO is an outstanding orchestra with a great legacy—one that will now be captured on Naxos Records.  Both Naxos and the Baltimore Symphony are innovators and leaders in their respective areas, so their partnership is both timely and fitting.”

“I am also very pleased that the late Dvorák Symphonies are the first focus of this new relationship.  Dvorák’s Symphonies are often overshadowed by the later Romantic repertoire, but they deserve a special place in music history. They are distinctive, melodically and structurally surprising, and extraordinarily rewarding for musicians and audiences alike.”

“We look forward with much anticipation to our new relationship with Naxos.”

The most popular of all Dvorák’s works, Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ is immediately appealing by virtue of its inexhaustible flow of melody and its sparkling orchestration. Based on “I am a fiddler,” a melody Dvorák had composed for men’s chorus, the Symphonic Variations are among his most beautifully crafted and beguiling works.

Among the highlights of Marin Alsop’s acclaimed recording collaboration with Naxos are a Brahms symphony cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an ongoing series of recordings with the Bournemouth Symphony, including Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and the symphonies of Kurt Weill. On the recent release of her performance of Brahms’s Third Symphony with the LPO, the Baltimore Sun said, “Alsop seems to have moved into a higher gear …The result is glowing music—making, rich in character and atmosphere.”

1 Comment

  • Don says:

    WOW. The New World is one of my favourite pieces but Marin Alsop has given it a ricness, depth and sensitivity I haven’t heard before. Her eloquent explanation of the piece was a joy in itself. Maybe an interview like this could be added to future recordings, they make the work so much more meaningful. Thank you for a great recording by a great orchestra.
    Don George