I’ve had this on my “to do” list for over two years now! My friend Tobias posted this about four years ago in mp3 format, and I asked if I might have a “go at it”, so he generously sent me single side dubs which I’ve only now prepared. So, a belated thank you to Tobias!
Here is another affectionate but not saccharine, easy-going but not dull, superbly idiomatic performance from Jeremiáš, who is a favorite of mine (see these other posts). Perhaps it won’t leave one wanting to part with the various Talich versions, but I think you’ll enjoy this on it’s own terms. The trio to the Scherzo movement has just the right kind of subtle “lift” to the rhythm, something seemingly captured with ease by so many Czech musicians, but not easily exported to many outside of the borders of Dvořák’s homeland.
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
“From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178
Otakar Jeremiáš, Conductor
Orchestr Národního divadla v Praze
(Prague National Theatre Orchestra)
Esta H 5077/81
Matr. BIEM 4357-63; 4365-6; 4374
Recorded in the 1940s