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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - From the New World, Op. 95 / Carnival Overture / Slavonic Dances Nos. 1 & 3

Antonin Dvorak , Leonard Bernstein , New York Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000C293
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95: I. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95: II. Largo
3. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95: III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
4. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95: IV. Allegro con fuoco
5. Carnival Overture, Op. 92: Allegro - Andante con moto - Allegro
6. Slavonic Dance No. 1in C Major: 1. Presto
7. Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A-flat Major: 1. Poco allegro

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This, the first of Leonard Bernstein's two recordings of this symphony, is vastly superior to his remake on DG. It's a vital, impulsive performance, with a daringly fast tempo in the Scherzo, and a very satisfying culmination in the closing pages. It's simply another reminder of what a reliable, and above all musical, conductor Bernstein was. This mid-price series, called "Bernstein Century," is a real collectors' edition. Great stuff. --David Hurwitz

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emphatic 5 Stars! August 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I can't believe that I am the first person to review this Dvorak 9 on Amazon.com. I have grown a special affinity for the 9th Symphony of Dvorak. Previously, I have purchased many recordings of the 9th: two by Karajan, two by Kubelik, Maazel, Dohnanyi, Previn, and a few others. Although I have a like for all of these, something must be said of Bernstein's recording here. He brings to this symphony a spontaneous and crisp freshness. Many of the tympani rolls are emphasized a little more than other recordings. The third movement is something quite impressive. Immediately you can tell that the pace is faster than most other recordings. It doesn't sound rushed. Rather, it shows the skill of the New York Philharmonic and the pure fun that a Scherzo can be. As the symphony reaches its final notes, I can't help but have that same feeling of satisfaction that I had the first time I heard it live. Also, although this was recorded in the 60s, the sound is incredibly revealing. Don't be scared off if you're a hesitant buyer when it comes to non-digital' recordings.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The NYPO and Bernstein at their peak January 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy this recording of the "New World" very much, perhaps more than any other of the half dozen or so recordings I have of the work (with the possible exception of Harnoncourt's recent recording with the Concertgebouw on Teldec). What is exceptional about this recording is its freshness and clarity and a sense of total involvement by the musicians. The louder and softer sections are heard equally well. I noticed this especially at the end of the famous Largo. If you judge a performance of this symphony primarily by this movement, there is much to enjoy here. All the tenderness is brought out wonderfully without over-sentimentalizing too much. The third movement scherzo is taken considerably faster than is conventional, but it is held together well and seems somehow the correct tempo. The Carnival overture is a little gem of a piece, also played well, and the dances are two of Dvorak's most well known.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A CD full of ups and downs January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Dvorak's 9th is easily one of the most famous pieces of classical music, and certainly I share in the love that many have for this piece. I know it very well, and thus it's been hard to find a recording that truly agrees with me.

I hate to give such a difference of opinion here, but I really do not have the same opinion as most people seem to with this recording of Dvorak's 9th. The reason for this is mainly the second movement; for whatever reason, many conductors take this piece at a tempo that to my ears just seems very slow and pondering. Yes, it is an adagio, but it is also a very song-like melody that needs to flow, and Bernstein here simply does not put forth the forward movement that to me is needed here. In the 4th movement, also, he seems to slow and speed a bit too eclecticly that grates on me, though the music is marvelously played with wonderful brass.

On the flip side, there are the first and third movements. Simply put, this is the finest rendition of the first movement I've ever heard. It contains all the enegery needed, and what is possibly my favorite musical moment ever -- the spot where there is a low flute solo at the end of the exposition -- is so beautiful I want to melt. So to the third movement is great, though perhaps a bit TOO fast (better too fast than too slow in this case, though), and if it weren't for the second movement's problems I'd say that these two movements make this a must buy.

As for the rest of the CD, it too has ups and downs. On the up is the Carnival Overture, given a fine performance full of excitement and vigor. On the down, however, are the Slavonic Dances, which lack excitement and vigor, and like other parts of the CD are just too slow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This performance of the classic "New World" symphony, in my opinion, is the best available. First of all, the remastering is outstanding, the performance is absolutely complete (following all the composer's 'repeat' indications in the score (something rarely heard or adhered to). The only thing I find to be somewhat disappointing (although really not a complaint) is Bernstein's breakneck tempi; this is a pet-peeve of mine applicable to almost every present-day or recent conductor. Slow it down man! This recording is so far the only one I'd recommend to new listeners. BRAVO
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing recording of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 October 23, 2013
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I was disappointed with this recording by Bernstein of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. While not horrible, the second movement "Largo" is played too slow at 14 min. and 43 seconds. However, the third movement "Scherzo Molto vivace" was played much too fast to enjoy, as if Bernstein was in a great hurry to finish. The third movement was played like the orchestra was on speed and this wrecked the music for me. Other recordings are much better, including one 1998 recording by Hans Meichen and the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do you want Bernstein or Dvorak? August 16, 2013
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I know...I know- Here's another crank that can't appreciate a well-executed work of art.
I bought this on the basis of all the swooning reviews here for this recording, in my endless search for the perfect recording of this piece. This one is not my cup of tea. I found it loud and intense, and I was exhausted by the end of it.
I have seen many reviews for various pieces that say, in effect "Too much Bernstein, not enough___. (Fill in the blank)" and since they are usually a minority opinion, I discount them. It caught up to me this time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the New World symphony
Love the New World symphony and love the Bernsein, but the tempo of this is out of control! Very sad, but it is just way too fast. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Savini
5.0 out of 5 stars New World
This is one of my favorite symphonies. Overall sound quality is good, the performance is very well done, and it's a good value for the money.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a great CD. In my opinion, the English Horn solo to start the Largo is one of the best three minutes in all classical music. Can't go wrong with this selection.
Published 7 months ago by 57Johnnie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite pieces
I love this symphony from beginning to end. My dad introduced me to it when I was a child. I love the fact that I can plug in my headphones to my tablet and listen without others... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
Nobody does Dvorak like Leonard Bernstein! Get this album, the music is rich and blows my mind everytime I listen to it.
Published 11 months ago by a
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
When I turned it on, there was not one song that I was tempted to skip. All the songs were thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and Indelible music
The price is so affordable, so impossible compared to today's million dollar trash show. Music is everlasting. It's hard to find today.
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Published 13 months ago by Chiu-Fang Judy Liu
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable.
This is a beautiful piece of music and Leonard and the New York Philharmonic certainly did not screw it up.
Published 15 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Reading of the New World
This remains the definitive reading of this symphony in a horde of hundreds of performances. The drama, the punch, the clarity, the crispness and the emotional overdrive are all... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tahseen Nakavi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright New World
I sometimes wonder if my preference for Bernstein's version of Dvorak's New World Symphony is based on nostalgia alone. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. R. Trtek
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