Antonin Dvorak Slavonic Rhapsodies & Symphonic Variations

Prague Philharmonia

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

There probably isn’t any other composer in the whole world whose life and work I have felt literally blessed to experience, love and transmit to audiences worldwide as Antonín Dvorák. Whatever the occasion, and whether through my choice or at the invitation of others, to perform his music is the most welcome and most natural gift I’ve ever had as a musician.
Dvorák is widely popular. Not all of his precious output is well-known, though. There are compositional wonders and jewels, such as the Symphonic Variations, and there are also vividly inspired pieces which have – unjustly in my view – become overshadowed by other of his own works. The Slavonic Rhapsodies, for example, deserve to be admired right alongside his more famous Slavonic Dances – they both spring from the same inspirational well. 
The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is a beautiful ensemble which has brought artistic happiness and fulfilment to me over many years of intense collaboration. I wish that all of you who listen to our disc enjoy it and also recognize the joyful musical bond and friendship we’ve had with each other and the common admiration we feel for our beloved Antonín Dvorák

Jakub Hruša

Tracklist

1.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Tema - Variations 1-4
02:43
2.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 5-9
02:34
3.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 10-13
02:17
4.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 14-17
02:51
5.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 18-21
02:10
6.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 22-24
02:34
7.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Variations 25-27
01:58
8.
Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 - Finale
04:16
9.
Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45 - Nr. 1 in D major
12:39
10.
Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45 - Nr. 2 in G minor
13:09
11.
Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45 - Nr. 3 in A-flat major
13:19

Total time: 01:00:30

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186554

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Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Polyhymnia International

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date October 14, 2016

Press reviews

Audiophile Audition

“Lesser known Dvorak lovingly played and very nicely recorded.

The young and increasingly popular Jakub Hrusa conducts the Prague Philharmonic in an all-Dvorak program of appealing orchestral works comprising the Symphonic Variations Op. 78 coupled with the lesser known Slavonic Rhapsodies Op. 45, not to be confused with the well known Slavonic Dances. It’s nice to get a release of Dvorak’s non symphonic works, which are very popular, but there was more to the great Czech composer, and people who listen to this album will agree.

This is a lovely recording, with very nice instrumental positioning in the front channel, while the rears provide ambiance. Massed strings are very clean, and the DSD recording renders the strings in a natural stress-free sound. The brass are also quite realistic. The low end is solid in this 5.0 multichannel recording.

Hrusa has been a strong advocate of Dvorak. Although these works are not the most familiar of Dvorak’s output, this is a most welcome recording and performance. This album is quite satisfying musically and excellent in audio quality.”

Opus Klassiek

The latest Dvorák recording from Pentatone does not disappoint with Symphonic Variations and three colorful Slavic Rhapsodies. We are treated to very finely balanced orchestral playing alongside a spicy mix of bohemian flare and Slavic melancholy. That this music must have also perfect timing and great rhythmic precision is underlined by the orchestra and conductor with great verve. The recording is a successful verdoeking of repertoire which is close to my heart.

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