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Colin Clarke
Fanfare, January 2014

Ives’s The Unanswered Question…is beautifully rapt, full of beauty, with Ives’s characteristic dissonances making full effect. John Adams’s Slonimsky’s Earbox is a master class in glittering orchestration. The Bavarian RSO might seem an odd choice for this repertoire, given the tonal warmth that lies at the heart of their sound, but Nelsons ensures a performance that is as accurate as could be imagined and which seems to tap directly in to Adams’s energy…Slonimsky’s Earbox strikes me as a finely crafted and involving piece. Bustling textures and motoric scales are dispatched with hypnotic verve, and Nelsons clearly has a fine feel for the various sections of the work.

The Stravinsky is given a glittering performance, everywhere virtuoso but always impeccably Stravinskian. There is a slight Boulez tinge to the delivery, a slight distancing that works very well indeed…There are also some stunning woodwind contributions, notably from the solo oboe. Nelsons balances the textures of the final “Jeu du rossignol mécanique” to perfection. The technical standard of the Bavarians is staggeringly high, the levels of control that each section of the orchestra demonstrates truly remarkable.

The final work is Dvoƙák’s “New World” Symphony. Nelsons’s approach is dramatic and involving, yet the care in terms of balance and timbre that seems to be his hallmark is there continuously. The English horn solo is as impeccably phrased and touching as one might by this stage expect. A feisty Scherzo offers fierce bite…The excitement here is visceral, the audience’s cheers at the end completely justified. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, October 2013

Orchestral Concert - IVES, C. / ADAMS, J. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (From the New World) (Nelsons) (NTSC) 713408
Orchestral Concert - IVES, C. / ADAMS, J. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (From the New World) (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 713504

The highlight of this enjoyable, beautifully filmed concert is the Largo from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, one of the gentlest and most tenderly phrased accounts I’ve ever heard, on or off disc. The opening moments are hushed and inward, the solo strings especially poignant and the solo cor anglais utterly superb. …Andris Nelsons really whips up the excitement, subtly tweaking dynamics so as to illuminate this or that instrumental line.

The recorded sound has impressive amplitude and, given Nelsons’s charismatic rostrum manner, I can well imagine this DVD earning itself many happy takers. I certainly count myself as one. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2013

In this thrilling performance [Symphony No. 9] Nelsons marshals his sections with conspicuous assurance, leading a performance of innate energy and vibrancy. It feels a notch or two above the routine standard of playing this work often produces. I love the freshly sprung rhythms and the remarkable passion and power of the opening movement with its deep seam of nostalgia. The haunting pathos of the captivating Largo is outstanding featuring the well known melody for the splendidly played reedy cor anglais. Nelsons’ balancing of the orchestral textures and tempi in the ebullient Scherzo is outstanding too. The Finale is bold and forthright—delivered with weight, power, passion and compelling drama. The well-rounded Bavarian brass blaze out splendidly and the unified string sound radiates an attractive bloom. The impeccable woodwind section is kept extremely busy and deserves praise.

Agnes Méth’s video direction is generally excellent. She employs her cameras actively, never allowing things to become monotonous or tiring.

The sonics on this Blu-Ray disc are mightily impressive and the picture definition and colour of the high definition resolution was stunning—cool and sharp.

With [Nelsons’s] exhilarating conducting it is easy to see why he has achieved so much in such a relatively short time. His conducting of the world class Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is exemplary, scrupulously prepared, colourful, committed and compelling. It was clear just how much the audience at the Herkulessaal in Munich loved these performances and I certainly did too. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, September 2013

Latvian-born Andris Nelsons…is a brilliant conductor who might now be counted among the dozen or so superstar conductors before the public today. This Blu-ray disc, drawn from two concerts in December 2010, certainly gives strong testament to his interpretive and technical skills on the podium.

The major work on the program here is Dvorak’s 9th Symphony…Here Nelsons draws accurate and very spirited playing from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tempos are moderate, attacks are crisp and potent, and Dvorak’s plentiful lyricism flows ever so naturally and beautifully.

Adams’ 1996 Slonimsky’s Earbox…is a light and quite colorful rhythmic piece that should appeal to first-time listeners, not least because of the brilliant performance that Nelsons draws from the orchestra.

The sound reproduction and camera work for all works on this C Major Blu-ray disc is excellent…these are splendid renditions of all works and certainly attest to the considerable talent of young Andris Nelsons. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, August 2013

The one and a half hours of this generous program…features some outstanding musicianship, severely tested by the complexity of most of the works included here.

The video itself is beautifully captured in both detail and color palette.

All in all, From the New World is a most enjoyable watch and, given the first time appearance of three works that are all deserving of your attention, one to consider for your Blu-ray library. © 2013 Read complete review

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