Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & 72

Slavonic Dances, op.46 and 72
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
DG 447 056-2
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Reviews

Pizzicato, Luxembourg

The drama is brought out to the full. Again and again one is amazed by this marvelous orchestra that, within a short period, has...become one of the world's best.

Gramophone

...Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra add to their store of fine recordings for DG with this distinctive and highly enjoyable version of Dvorak's colourful dances. ... At times with such refined playing one might even dub Pletnev's approach as Mozartian, with elegance a regular element, and with even the wildest furiants kept under control. The crispness of ensemble and clarity of texture give a sharpness of focus to prevent any idea that these are performances lacking in bite. ... Dynamic contrasts are sharply defined through all the dances, and Pletnev and his Russian players consistently make one marvel at the beauty of the instrumentation. ... This is a disc to give a fresh view of well-loved music.

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace