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Dvorak: Symphony No.9 / Smetana: The Moldau / Liszt: Les Preludes

Ferenc Fricsay

Dvorak: Symphony No.9 / Smetana: The Moldau / Liszt: Les Preludes

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1. Adagio - Allegro molto

1. Adagio - Allegro molto

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
10:04 Play
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2. Largo

2. Largo

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
13:59 Play
3
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)

3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
08:18 Play
4
4. Allegro con fuoco

4. Allegro con fuoco

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
12:06 Play
5
The Moldau (from Má Vlast)

The Moldau (from Má Vlast)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
11:01 Play
6
Les Préludes, symphonic poem No.3, S.97 (after Lamartine)

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No.3, S.97 (after Lamartine)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Ferenc Fricsay
Band Berliner Philharmoniker
16:43 Play
Total Running Time 72 minutes
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Orchestral magic from Ferenc Fricsay and the Berlin Philharmonic. Brilliant and fresh interpretions which have lost none of their impact.

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Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra is a Berlin based symphony orchestra who perform concerts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Berliner Philharmonie.
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Berliner Philharmoniker

Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berliner Philharmoniker is a world-renowned orchestra whose conductors have included Herbert von Karajan, Sir Simon Rattle, Wilhelm Furtwängler and its founder Hans von Bülow.
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Ferenc Fricsay

Ferenc Fricsay

Ferenc Fricsay's career lasted barely 20 years, but during that time, he became one of the most acclaimed conductors of his generation and left behind a body of recordings that are still admired
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Fricsay's performance of Dvorak's popular New World Symphony is full of unbridled charisma and drive. The 'Largo' is beautiful and the Finale hugely exciting, all played with customary confidence by the Berlin Phil. 'Vltava' is also very characterful with the glorious orchestral music coming to life in an unerringly fresh manner.  'Les Préludes', last but by no means least, is a gem that showcases the excitement Fricsay could generate with his own orchestra.

Artistic Quality: 10 / Sound Quality: 8 'A classic! Fricsay's "New World" remains one of the most passionate and spontaneous available. Its noteworthy features include a really dramatic opening movement, a gorgeously sung Largo, a sharply rhythmic scherzo, and a grandly imposing finale sporting a couple of hugely exciting climaxes. Like few others, Fricsay had the secret of communicating a very wide-ranging flexibility of tempo without compromising rhythmic security or the long melodic line. You can hear this very clearly in the symphony's first movement, from the second subject on through the development and up to the recapitulation. This performance hasn't dated a bit, either interpretively or sonically, and there have been quite a few competitors since. The couplings, a swiftly flowing Moldau and a spectacularly virile and cogent Les Préludes, have held up equally well. Few stereo recordings emanated from the baton of this genuine giant of the podium, and that makes what little we have all the more precious. I truly hope that DG gives "originals" treatment to his remaining Beethoven symphony recordings, and also to his stereo Tchaikovsky Sixth Symphony. They should be permanent fixtures in the catalog. Until then, enjoy this marvelous taste of Fricsay's immortal art.' ClassicsToday.com

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