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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 / The Water Goblin ~ Harnoncourt [Live]

A. Dvorak Audio CD
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listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, 'From the New World': I. Adagio - Allegro moltoNikolaus Harnoncourt11:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.9 in E minor Op.95, 'From the New World' : II LargoNikolaus Harnoncourt12:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorak : Symphony No.9 in E minor Op.95, 'From the New World' : III Scherzo - Molto vivaceNikolaus Harnoncourt 8:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorak : Symphony No.9 in E minor Op.95, 'From the New World' : IV Allegro con fuocoNikolaus Harnoncourt10:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorak : The Water Goblin Op.107Nikolaus Harnoncourt21:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00004S1EG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great recordings of the "New World" December 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Harnoncourt offers bright colors, sprung rhythms and an orchestra that plays with total commitment.

One can hear gorgeous woodwind and brass with Harnoncourt's care for detail that uncovers fresh sounds everywhere probably never heard before.

The performance of the "Water Goblin" is even more gripping: listen to the percussion parts, relishing the narrative aspects.

This is a must buy !!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the top choice for a digital 'New World' April 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I gave a warm review to Abbado's recentish DG Berlin Philharmonic CD of this symphony, and it is still a great disc, but Harnoncourt surpasses him, I think. The superb sound on this CD brings out Harnoncourt's wonderful balancing of the orchestra, with brass and strings ideally placed, especially in the first movement. The Largo is beautifully played and all in all this is a fresh and imaginative performance.
In sheer bravura Abbado's Finale is perhaps the more exciting, but overall Harnoncourt just pips him at the post.
If you don't require DDD sound in the symphony then other recordings by Kubelik (DG), Davis (Philips) and Karajan (DG, 1964) might be worth checking out, as they are all cheaper and have excellent analogue (ADD) sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The concert during which this symphonie was recorded was one of the most impressive Harnoncourt concerts i have witnessed. From the first note played by the topform Concertgebouw orchestra the audience was completely captured by the magic of this music, by its confronting power to self, by the mirror that the artists so painfully held up to the audience. Some left weeping. Unfortunately, the disc can only capture a little bit of that atmosphere, but that which it has captured brings back the full works, and I am sure that the listener who has not attended the concert will be able to capture the very same thing.
Harnoncourt proves again that he is not only a masterfull conductor, one of the great Maestro`s of this time, but even more so that he understands what people, what you and me, are all about, and that he is able to perform music in such a way that it is meaningfull to his audience, to you and me.
The symphonie itsself ofcourse is performed so often that it has lost much of its original meaning. Mr. Harnoncourt gives us a rendition that sounds as though it has just left the composer`s pen. Thoughts and impressions from a new world.... Listening to it causes a caleidoscope of images, scenes, feelings and colours to play behind me eyes and when it is over I do not have the energy left to listen to Vodnik-the water goblin- which is just as powerfull.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New World Symphony June 20, 2001
Format:DVD Audio
This is a wonderful recording of this classic Dvorak symphony. It is really nice to hear such a vibrant, alive rendition of this old warhorse. I'm surprised others haven't commented on it. I've listened to it many times now - and played it for friends who are equally impressed. I recommend it for a DVD-audio 5.1 system without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at the New World Symphony January 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Nikolaus Harnoncourt's new, compelling version of the Dvorak 9th Symphony is one worth having, even if it is not a definitive account. Although Harnoncourt's changes in tempi are, admittedly, quixotic; nevertheless, they usher forth a fresh vision of the "New World" symphony that left me spellbound and speechless after the last note was played. Of course the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives another splendid performance. What makes their playing more rewarding on this CD - as well as on the more recently released Dvorak 8th Symphony - is its warmth and liveliness. The fine performance of the lesser known symphonic poem "The Water Goblin" is an added bonus. Together they demonstrate the strong chemistry between the conductor and his orchestra. Not since Bernard Haitink's tenure as the Concertgebouw's chief conductor have I heard this great orchestra give performances as exceptional as these in Harnoncourt's Dvorak symphony recordings. Again, Teldec's sound engineers have to be commended for their recording excellence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt has specialized in rethinking classical music, sometimes to my horror (as in his aggressive, punchy Mozart and Beethoven) but other times to my delight. His Dvorak is full of surprises: lots of tempo changes, unusual balances, sudden accents and mesmerizing hush. But innately Harnoncourt takes a warm, relaxed view of the "New World," rushing nothing, letting the lyrical side speak patiently--you will think you've never heard the Largo before, so original is Harnoncourt's way with it. The only possible drawback is Harnoncourt's lack of excitement and drive in the finale.

I had already rated his Dvorak Seventh and Eighth as among the best I've ever heard; so is this Ninth, aided by lovely sonics and the gorgeous Concertgebouw, here caught live. The audience must have held its breath every bar; I owuld have. The filler is a late tone poem, The Water Goblin, done as superbly as the symphony.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Virile October 15, 2005
Format:DVD Audio
I grew up listening to the Concertgebouw on Phillips 10 inch records performing Wagner, Weber and other mittel-Europa composers. This performance is stunning and moving, even to someone who has heard this many times. For someone who has never heard the 9th, it would astound them. There is one very minor thing, not a flaw. At the start of some of the cuts one can hear the orchestra shuffling in their seats, and ocassionaly the conductor's baton smacks the podium. That just adds to the veracity that 'you are there'. The Water Goblin was unfamiliar but just as powerful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best in a hotly competitive field
This disc, very well recorded in 1999, enters a hotly competitive market where any new entry will have to be very special indeed to even get a mention. Read more
Published 15 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Harnoncourt achieves the impossible, idiomatically combining Bohemian...
It takes a skilled conductor to make Dvorak nostalgic and thoughtful while still being fun, but Harnoncourt meets the challenge head on. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Andrew R. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars A very unafraid and fresh interpretation
The usual error with romantic symphonies is to play them with some preconception of softness and almost blandness. They will sound beautiful, but... Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by S A Abrahamsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on earth
This was the first DVD audio disk I purchased and what an experience it turned out to be. From my 10ft by 9ft home theater room I was transported to some other place and some... Read more
Published on January 3, 2004 by Mark Mastrocinque
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD-A
My boyfriend bought this for me for Valentine's Day and I absolutely love it. I use my Creative SB Audigy 2 and Creative Inspire 6.1 speakers to play it, and it's magnificent. Read more
Published on March 29, 2003 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new "New World"
I already have a copy of Dvorak's 9th, but when this cd was recommended my Gramophone magazine, I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published on July 21, 2000 by Brett Stewart
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