Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9
2023 Grammy® Award Nominee: Best Orchestral Performance
Full digital album now available in standard and Dolby Atmos® formats!
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic garnered rave reviews for their February 2020 performances of Antonín Dvořák’s masterful final three symphonies at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hailed as “a revelation” by the Los Angeles Times, these performances were recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon for release as a digital album – the follow-up to the artists’ GRAMMY® Award-winning recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.
Dudamel amplifies the turbulent emotions of each work, plunging deep into their often-dark inner worlds to connect with the music’s spiritual roots in Dvořák’s Czech homeland and reflect ideas formed during the composer's time as Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City.
“Working with my orchestra on Dvořák’s late symphonies was a unique and deeply moving experience, and these three performances are an important addition to our growing catalogue,” comments Dudamel. “I'm grateful to Deutsche Grammophon for recording us with such enthusiasm and sensitivity, and for taking the music we make in Los Angeles and sharing it around the world.”
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director
“Dudamel and the L.A. Phil … smoked it. There was fire and fury. It was an announcement of something urgent and great. Want a soundtrack for a moon launch? This would lift a rocket out of the Earth’s atmosphere.”
“Crisply delineated rhythms were the current that carried the composer’s handsome melodies aloft, with Dudamel keeping a light hand over the proceedings.”
About the Composer:
Antonín Dvořák made his name with a series of works that championed Czech national identity, winning international acclaim in the late 1870s and 1880s with pieces such as his Slavonic Dances and Violin Concerto. He composed his Seventh Symphony in 1885 for the Philharmonic Society in London. “God grant that this Czech music will move the world,” he wrote to a friend after drafting its first movement. It did. So, too, did his Eighth Symphony, first performed in Prague in 1890. The work is fuelled by uplifting melodies and the energy of Bohemian dance rhythms.
Dvořák completed his ninth and final symphony, subtitled “From the New World,” in May 1893. Its striking melodic themes draw on his impressions of North America and imaginative interpretation of its music. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha contributed to the romantic flavor of the composer’s “American” symphony, as did his nostalgia for friends and family back home in Prague.