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Re: Dvorak symphony cycles
Posted by nick barnard on April 20, 2015, 5:00 pm, in reply to "Re: Dvorak symphony cycles"
Just spent a merry few minutes trying to work out what on earth Anguelov does to the 1st movement of the Bells of Zlonice. There are 7 cuts (and of course he does not do the exposition repeat) ranging from 4 bars to 36 in length that remove a total of approx. 114 bars of Dvorak's original. Some seems just fussy - one actually takes out a whole section in 2/4 and 3 pauses which rather undermines certain key moments I think. Worse to my mind is that he rescores the ending of the movement giving horn lines to trombones. Also, the adherence (or not) to dynamics markings/accents/ phrasing as indicated in the critical edition score is fairly hit and miss so not really the exercise in anti-romantic objectivity that he seems to be striving for.
Playing-wise this is perfectly fine but nothing that remarkable or world-beating. Out of curiosity I made a direct comparison with the Kosler/Slovak PO version who remarkably gets through the movement 2 seconds quicker than Anguelov with NONE of the cuts (well one actually - perhaps a Slovak tradition? - they both cut four bars from before the 1st time bar to the 2nd time bar - the least disfiguring of the cuts). Certainly Kosler favours a very dramatic almost brusque reading - far from the geniality as well as the drama that I liked in the version I reviewed recently.
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