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Dvorák: Serenades Op. 22 & 44

Antonín Dvorák , Neville Marriner , Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Audio CD
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listen  1. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E, Op.22 - 1. ModeratoSir Neville Marriner 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E, Op.22 - 2. Tempo di valseSir Neville Marriner 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E, Op.22 - 3. Scherzo (Vivace)Sir Neville Marriner 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E, Op.22 - 4. LarghettoSir Neville Marriner 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E, Op.22 - 5. Finale (Allegro vivace)Sir Neville Marriner 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Serenade for Wind in D minor, Op.44 - 1. Moderato, quasi marciaSir Neville Marriner 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dvorák: Serenade for Wind in D minor, Op.44 - 2. Minuetto (Tempo di minuetto)Sir Neville Marriner 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dvorák: Serenade for Wind in D minor, Op.44 - 3. Andante con motoSir Neville Marriner 7:30Album Only
listen  9. Dvorák: Serenade for Wind in D minor, Op.44 - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)Sir Neville Marriner 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Antonín Dvorák
  • Audio CD (March 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000040VK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dvorák: Serenades Opp.22 & 44 by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields [Orchestra], Sir Neville Marriner [Conductor]

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Dvořák's two splendidly tuneful serenades are so attractive that you will find the tunes stuck in your head for days afterwards. If this makes you crazy, then you might want to exercise caution before playing them! Each is written for different forces: one for strings, the other for winds (with a single double bass to reinforce the bottom end). The Serenade for Winds is particularly special, being the ultimate example of a form that Czech composers really did better than anyone else. The wind writing has that essential "outdoors" quality, but it's also completely smooth and euphonious. Sir Neville Marriner's band does the music proud. This is one of their best recordings. --David Hurwitz

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Serenades April 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like the previous reviewer, I too had heard this recording first on the radio and was captivated by it. The string Serenade in E is an exquisite study in sensitivity. The music evokes a bygone era of carriages & manners & innocence. Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields superbly. Compared to the Karajan version on DG which is about flash and bounce, Marriner allows the music to flow naturally and to peak appropriately but never obtrusively. As a romantic serenade, this music is probably without equal. It is as light as the evening breeze but has all the deep colorations of the sunset. The best surprise on this disc, though, is the wind Serenade in D which will stop you in your tracks. The tunes are familiar. They are darkly enticing and sometimes melt-in-your-ears like aural buttermints. The possible band camp sound pitfalls are smartly avoided and the wind serenade plays as smoothly and gracefully as the strings did. Excellent programming, excellent sound, excellent music - what more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic(al) Dvorak August 6, 2009
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Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields made their name principally in the 80s and 90s for their no-nonsense, back-to-basics performances of 18th century music.Gone would be all the trappings of 19th century romanticism, strict tempi, little if any vibrato, no slush. Even now they are one of the few ensembles who devoted themselves mainly to music for the Chamber orchestra, but surely this approach would never work with pieces by the mainstream romantics, in particular Dvorak's nostalgic, even sentimental, Serenade for Strings?

This performance is breath of pure Bohemian fresh air. If I may draw an analogy, it is like seeing an old master you have long admired but felt rather in awe of, stripped of its old varnish, despoiled of its centuries of dust and grime and for the first time revealed as a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PAINTING. Sure, the nostalgia is still there but gone, miraculously, is the sentimentality. Marriner takes Dvorak back, to where I am sure he would have been very happy to go, to his country roots and this performance is an utter delight. A side effect of underplaying the emotionality is that the final movement becomes unbelieveably dramatic and the reintroduction of the opening theme is well, if you'd empahasised it more, it would have worked so much less. Even if you're used to a much "richer" playing style, you can't help but love this performance.

The second piece on this disc, the Op.44 for Winds for me came as a pure bonus, never having heard it before. It's a great listen, a real wind band feel, summer nights in the country 150 years ago....Go for it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! August 14, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard this recording on my car radio and felt compelled to hear it to the end, though it meant a long wait in a parking lot 250 miles from home. I was smitten. This is a beautiful performance of delightful, charming and uplifting music with a sense of humor. It has became one of my all-time favorites and has been equally well received by those to whom I've given it as a gift. Absolutley wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid performances of these endearing works January 16, 2010
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An obvious and very welcome coupling, this one, and the ASMF deliver thoroughly spirited and convincing accounts of these immensely attractive, tuneful works. The string serenade is played with commitment and affection (in addition to technical perfection), and flows along gently, but not without spirit, in its wistfully atmospheric mixture of faery lights and half-forgotten memories. Particularly effective is the fine balance and interplay between the various sections achieved, with steady warm bass playing. The wind serenade is breezy and sunny but not without a dramatic streak; it is also superbly performed, with some fabulous, light and airy and delicate wind playing (I certainly don't hear the sour tones other reviewers claim to have heard).

The sound quality is clear and opulent in the string serenade, and with a fine sense of perspective. In the wind serenade, however, the recording is perhaps a little too rich and open. Nevertheless, this is an almost achingly beautiful release of unabashedly bittersweet, innocent and memorable music, strongly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak heard through English ears October 30, 2007
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I was attracted to this CD for the same reason as everyone else -- these are lusciously melodic works from a master of melody. I had hoped that Marriner's smaller-scale forces in the String Serenade would be an antidote to the symphonic approach of Karajan. This turned out to be so, and the strings of the Academy sound sweet and refined. Perhaps too refined, given the robust Czech style that works best in this music.

The Wind Serenade is elegant to a fault. I couldn't help but think that we are hearing the music through the wrong ears. NOt that the English are always bland, but this reading couldn't be less robust. Despite David Hurqitz's enthusiastic recommendation (always a red flag), I agree with the other reviewer who gives this CD only three stars.
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