Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 / Orozco-estrada
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid
Orozco-Estrada, Andrés; Houston Symphony
Dvorak's New World Symphony is counted among the most successful and distinctive symphonies ever written and it loses none of its drama or appeal on repeated playing. Inspired by American spirituals and Henry Longfellow's epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, this infectiously tuneful work with its brilliantly colorful orchestration and rhythmic verve has its creative wellspring in Dvorak's own homesickness. It was condescendingly described by his critics as a "Czech composer's impression of the country" but its qualities were never in doubt and its inventiveness and warmth radiate from every page. From beautiful, wistful melodies, to unfettered exuberance and glorious, sustained climaxes, this extraordinary symphony has it all. Dvorak's evergreen Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 are equally popular with audiences. Responsible for establishing Dvorak's international reputation, these utterly charming pieces overflow with appealing melodies and catchy rhythms, their freshness and simplicity concealing their artful construction. Andres Orozco-Estrada is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, he is also Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been widely praised for his style and command, Die Presse remarking "The orchestra was on top form, displaying precision and clarity in equal measure...packed with drama and finely balanced under Andres Orozco-Estrada's direction."