Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša - Dvořák: Symphonic Variations & Slavonic Rhapsodies (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša - Dvořák: Symphonic Variations & Slavonic Rhapsodies (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša - Dvořák: Symphonic Variations & Slavonic Rhapsodies (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:28 minutes | 1.04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Already established as a tireless promoter of Czech music, Jakub Hrůša was the inaugural winner in 2015 of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his advocacy of Janáček’s works, going on to receive ecstatic reviews in 2016 for Glyndebourne Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen. One reviewer enthused that Hrůša “clearly has this music in his bones and blood … he asks for (and gets) an urgent, raw and abrasive quality, expressive of nothing less than the life force itself.” (The Telegraph, 13 June 2016).

This new release builds on the critical success of his earlier releases in the series. The first album of Dvořák and Lalo cello concertos was selected by Gramophone for its monthly Editor’s Choice which noted that “the recorded sound is, like the playing, absolutely top-notch” (September 2015). HR Audio also praised the album of Dvořák orchestral music for performances that were “splendidly vital, stylish and beautifully shaped” (February 2016). In this third album, Dvorak’s unfailing gift for appealing melodies, potent rhythms and colourful orchestration are put on full display, especially in his Symphonic Variations, one of the most popular set of orchestral variations in the repertoire. Starting with a rather simple and seemingly unpromising theme, Dvořák weaves his customary magic in a series of ingenious and often witty variations which culminates in a suitably exuberant and rousing conclusion. No less winning are the three Slavonic Rhapsodies; these loosely structured and evocative character pieces were hugely popular in his day and have lost none of their power to captivate listeners.

“What else could I wish as a Czech conductor with my Czech orchestra?” says Hrůša. “I’m really happy that PENTATONE invited us to do these recordings … wonderful melodies, great rhythms, charming dances but with some depth and real drama.”

„We are again treated to very finely balanced orchestral playing alongside a spicy mix of bohemian flare and Slavic melancholy. That this music also has perfect timing and great rhythmic precision is underlined by orchestra and conductor with great verve.“ (Opus Klassiek)

Tracklist:

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78
01. Tema - Variations 1-4 2.41
02. Variations 5-9 2.34
03. Variations 10-13 2.17
04. Variations 14-17 2.51
05. Variations 18-21 2.10
06. Variations 22-24 2.34
07. Variations 25-27 1.58
08. Finale 4.16

Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45
09. Nr. 1 in D major 12.39
10. Nr. 2 in G minor 13.09
11. Nr. 3 in A-flat major 13.19

Personnel:
Prague Philharmonia
Jakub Hrůša, conductor

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2017-12-27 22:13:41

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Analyzed: PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša / Dvořák: Symphonic Variations & Slavonic Rhapsodies
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -5.77 dB -24.03 dB 2:42 01-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Theme - Variations 1-4
DR12 -7.37 dB -24.76 dB 2:35 02-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 5-9
DR13 -3.61 dB -23.96 dB 2:17 03-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 10-13
DR11 -1.16 dB -18.36 dB 2:51 04-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 14-17
DR13 -5.55 dB -24.78 dB 2:11 05-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 18-21
DR15 -2.85 dB -23.92 dB 2:35 06-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 22-24
DR10 -5.11 dB -26.05 dB 1:59 07-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Variations 25-27
DR12 -0.45 dB -17.12 dB 4:16 08-Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70: Finale
DR12 -0.45 dB -18.93 dB 12:40 09-3 Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45, B. 86: No. 1 in D Major
DR14 -1.02 dB -20.22 dB 13:09 10-3 Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45, B. 86: No. 2 in G Minor
DR14 -0.30 dB -20.25 dB 13:20 11-3 Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op. 45, B. 86: No. 3 in A-Flat Major
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2430 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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