Robin Ticciati / Bamberger Symphoniker

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; American Suite

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As a specialist in Romantic music, Robin Ticciati has shown a strong affinity for composers of the late 19th century, among whom Antonín Dvorák seems a particular favorite of his. This Tudor hybrid SACD presents Ticciati's performances with the Bamberg Symphony of Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," and the Suite in A major, "American," two colorful works that give the orchestra ample opportunities to shine. The virtuosic writing in "From the New World" makes it a true showpiece for the orchestra, and Ticciati draws out distinctive tone colors, especially in the woodwinds, that make this music so fresh, vibrant, and affecting. Yet the "American" Suite, which was composed for piano shortly after the symphony, shows a similar brilliance in its orchestrated version, in addition to the pentatonic themes that are evocative of folk music, whether of American or Slavonic character. Because the symphony is so popular, some listeners may pay it more attention than the lesser-known suite, but both works deserve appreciation because they balance the program, and the super-audio format brings out the best of the orchestra's sound in both performances.

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