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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, August 2015

…a truly spectacular accomplishment by an orchestra and conductor at the top of their games. I am especially enthusiastic about Nelsons’ gift for contrast: his largo is idyllic, almost tranquilly slow, but as soon as its last bars fade away, the scherzo erupts with furious energy. His finale, too, is perfectly judged, with careful rubato and a clarinet solo that…takes my breath away. The Bavarian strings are noteworthy too.

This is one of the best recordings of the Dvořák Ninth in many, many years. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, March 2014

…this recording…of music by Dvorak proves that [Andris Nelsons] can raise a sumptuous sound from the crackerjack Bavarian Radio Orchestra…

This performance is as revelatory as it is energized. Recommended. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, September 2013

These are excellent, exciting performances, delivered in superb sound. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2013

Nelsons’s way with the work is very refreshing…The net effect is a cleansing one, similar to the sometimes astonishing results we witness when the paintings of old Renaissance masters are cleaned and restored. Suddenly the colors are brighter and details are revealed that were long hidden. Similarly, Nelsons’s reading of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony makes it sound fresh and “new” all over again.

This is one helluva CD. I’m not on the jury, but if I were, I’d give it the orchestral disc-of-all-time award. For a great Dvořák Ninth and a spectacular sonic experience, this is a must-have purchase. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, August 2013

This exciting new BR Klassik release of two Dvořák scores is taken from separate Munich concerts: the much loved Ninth and the attractive if rather neglected A Heros Song.

The sound quality of these live BR Klassik recordings is of the good standard that I would expect from this experienced Bavarian radio broadcaster. The symphony…is vividly clear…

Throughout these performances the well rounded Bavarian brass blaze splendidly and the unified string sound radiates an attractive bloom. Delightfully pleasing to the ear the impeccable woodwind section is kept extremely busy and deserves praise.

This BR Klassik disc is a triumph for Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and it is hard to imagine finer performances of these Dvořák scores. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jan Smaczny
BBC Music Magazine, July 2013

This is a stunning interpretation with constantly rewarding orchestral playing, as well as excellent recorded sound © BBC Music Magazine

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, July 2013

…Andris Nelsons [draws] the most sumptuously refined, pungently characterful and bracingly alert response from the Bavarian RSO. His is a no‑holds‑barred conception of powerful expressive scope, intrepid incident and obvious affection.

Indeed, Nelsons’s reading—as thrillingly committed as it is consistently insightful—extracts every ounce of eloquence from what remains at best a fitfully inspired creation. A very strong recommendation. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Benson, June 2013

Yet another recording of Dvorák’s most popular symphony…this new one perhaps is justified as it is conducted by a star on the conductor horizon, the dynamic Latvian Andris Nelsons…Superb performances, with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in top form. Stereo sound is outstanding in detail, and should you wish to get yet another recording of the symphony, this is among the best. © 2013 Read complete review

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