Minuet - Dvořák Chamber Orchestra - Vladimír Válek - Moments Musicaux (Vinyl, LP, Album)
The earlier version was regarded as being too gentle, too soft. This later reading doesn't suffer from that, at least not entirely. I find the first movement to be winning. As the piece progresses, I feel the tension dampens somewhat, culminating in a finale that is both lacking in edge Minuet - Dvořák Chamber Orchestra - Vladimír Válek - Moments Musicaux (Vinyl downplaying the music's more tragic qualities. Still, the conception is mostly gorgeous, and there are some truly thrilling moments.
Finally, we have the Symphonies 8 and 9. The conductor has always done the Eighth well. Realistically, all of the great cycles have had great readings of the piece, and on the major labels, only Colin Davis on Philips was ever less than special individually. This particular take is amazing, largely because of some simply breathtaking woodwind playing.
I feel like the Minuet - Dvořák Chamber Orchestra - Vladimír Válek - Moments Musicaux (Vinyl could be a bit more incisive, and the brass better projected in places. But those winds! Adagio ma non troppo. Finale Allegro moderato.
LP con moto. Poco adagio. Scherzo Allegro con brio. Finale Allegro con fuoco. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato. Adagio, ma non troppo. Finale Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo. To call this flabbily conducted, indifferently played, and dryly recorded set disappointing would be a huge understatement. It has a few good moments. But in all other respects, every work has a movement or two that stands among the worst on disc, and always for the same reasons: slack tempos, rigid rhythms, and careless ensemble, with coarse brass and sloppy strings.
In the First Symphony, both the slow movement and finale die on the vine. Cambridge University Press. ISBN OCLC List of compositions by genre List of compositions by catalogue number.
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But alongside the performance by the Royal Concertgebouw and Mariss JansonsValek's account of even that work sounds under-characterised. The performance is full of textural subtlety, with wonderful gradings of dynamics and phrasing, and a slow-burning intensity; this isn't Jansons at his most energising but much more considered, though by the finale the music-making has been ratcheted to a pretty dramatic pitch.
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