Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius, Harold Lawrence|
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Paul Paray was an appealing artist who achieved wonders with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the late 1950s. His interpretations were swift, lean, elegant, and sharply focused. It's a style of conducting that has all but... more »
Paul Paray was an appealing artist who achieved wonders with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the late 1950s. His interpretations were swift, lean, elegant, and sharply focused. It's a style of conducting that has all but vanished today, and these two performances bear eloquent testimony to his talent as an interpreter. It's common knowledge that tempos have been getting slower over the course of this century, though no one knows exactly why. Paray's recordings hark back to an earlier style of conducting, and they do it in very good sound. Unique and compelling. --David Hurwitz
The great Paray defines his legacy in Dvorak and Sibelius
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul Paray, Detroit Symphony conductor between 1951 and 1962 is now a cult figure, a maestro for maestros. And it's easy to hear why. This samp ling from his legendary catalog for Mercury gives us the realm of his intellect in two dissimilar symphonies, the New World and Sibelius's Second. In the first, the rattle-and-snap of his technique inspires the DSO to blaze away into a New World of freshness and vitality inherent in Dvorak, but only hinted at in other recordings. The Sibelius takes us wide-eyed into the expansive world of the North, lakes and mountain ranges, the Northern Lights, tundra and sun...and far away from the trying occasional piece the work can so often be. The combination of amazing orchestral execution and the blinding inspiration of the supreme artist is the realm of Paul Paray, a realm of wonder, wide-sweeping, away from mundane cares. Our souls clamor for the man and his art...and he never disappoints. Nearly twenty years after his death, Paray's Dvorak and Sibelius simply astound us who think we know their greatness. With Paul Paray we quite simply live it. Give this disk to everyone you truly love for the joy of an orchestra with virtuosity to burn and directorial inspiration of the highest order. The experience is one that one incorporates into one's self. END"
The Greatest New World Symphony: Unsurpassed
Rachel Garret | Beverly Hills | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul Paray conducts the greatest interpretations of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, the so called "New World Symphony" and Sibelius' Second. His musicianship and expertise is worthy of praise and even Dvorak and Sibelius himself would have highly esteemed him and used him for conductor of their symphonies. Paul Paray recorded these symphonies back to back in 1959. The Mono sound is not a problem, as it has been digitally remastered. The sheer excellence and magnetism of the music is not sacrificed and sounds perfect. Never before has orchestral music sound so clear, so precise, so elaborate. Paul Paray was an artist as much as he was a conductor.The 9th Symphony of Antonin Dvorak is entitled "The New World". It was a musical portrait of America, especially that of Native American culture. The melodies, especially the adagio with its yearning, spiritual inflections on flute and strings, seems to be a prayer. The fourth movement is war-like, a powerful storm that crosses the plains. It is undoubtedly Dvorak's greatest symphony, his most well-rounded and most colorized. With Paul Paray as conductor, the music comes to life, painting a marvelous landscape as real and vivid as the landscape of America itself.Sibelius also paints a homeland portrait in his Symphony No. 2. Describing the polar north, his native environment, namely Finland, Norway, Greenland, etc. The music is thrilling, majestic, escapist. The orchestra conjures images of snow-covered mountain peaks, lakes frozen in winter and barren trees across the hills. The serenity of the isolated regions are especially striking. Sibelius was a gifted composer, a Romantic who pushed the barrier into something nearly jazz-like, something as impressive as the score to an epic film. He was, in my personal opinion, more of a twentieth century composer than a turn of the century composer. Paul Paray is at his best in this recording. This is worth the price and highly recommended to fans of classical music and fans of the Toscanini twin, Paul Paray. Your car cd will leap with symphonic beauty, your home music system will escort you to a new world, and the music is so diverse and grand that it overwhelms you and you become lost in the cosmos. Try this cd. You will see what I mean."
A superb performance and recording
Feller who likes Old Yeller | Webster, NY | 04/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a highly spirited, vigorous performance. It is highly exuberant and energetic, truly a joy to listen to. It is also very tight and polished. Really a fantastic performance of these works. Also, the recording quality is really superb. Even though this was recorded in 1959 and 1960, it sounds very realistic, natural and present. I'd like to hear more contemporary recordings made with just two microphones like this one is - it really sounds like an orchestra sounds in real life. This is my favorite orchestral recording."