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Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, March 2013

As the third of BIS’s Dvořák releases from the Malaysian PO and Claus Peter Flor this will be one for collectors of the series, and I can guarantee it doesn’t disappoint on any level. I’m coming to these for the first time with this ‘New World’ symphony and am tempted to acquire the other discs retrospectively, so that’s an instant recommendation to start with. I love the orchestra’s clean sound and rich resonance, the strings are silky smooth, winds musical and tastefully stylish in terms of vibrato, the brass superbly tuned and powerful where power is demanded.

I’ve enjoyed this recording tremendously, and if you are looking for a top-notch SACD recording of Dvořák’s deservedly popular Symphony No. 9 then you won’t go wrong here. It only remains for me to put the other volumes on my ‘wish list’ and see who takes the hint. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Hurwitz, January 2013

So this is the 37 billionth recording of the “New World” Symphony, but excellence is its own justification, and this recording is excellent. Claus Peter Flor attacks with music with passion and spontaneity. He eases into the first movement’s second subject with a flexibility of pulse that captures the change of mood perfectly without bringing the music to a standstill. It has seldom been better done. The celebrated Largo is beautifully songful, with a fine English horn soloist; the scherzo is peppy and exciting, while the finale is positively scorching in its urgency and passion. The big climax before the coda is surely one of the best on disc.

The Czech Suite is so lovely that it’s almost embarrassing, and Flor commits to it with the same idiomatic flair as he does the symphony, particularly in the haunting Romance and the fiery concluding Furiant. The buoyant “My Home” Overture makes an attractive encore…the SACD sound is pretty impressive. This is the best disc in this series so far; the intelligence of the programming combined with the excellence of the performances justifies the highest rating. © 2013 Read complete review

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