Dvorak, Marquez, Estacio – From the New World – Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Jean-Pascal Hamelin (2010) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]
Dvorak, Marquez, Estacio – From the New World – Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Jean-Pascal Hamelin (2010)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 59:08 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is made up of talented musicians, from 18 to 28 years old, carefully selected to represent 22 countries in North, South and Central America. Under the inspired and dynamic direction of the young Quebec conductor Jean-Pascal Hamelin, they offer us a refreshing version of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, also known as the New World Symphony. This is followed by the irresistible, “Danzón number 2″, a nostalgic yet lively piece by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. The CD ends with a dazzling “Bootlegger’s Tarentella” by Canadian composer John Estacio.
The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is made up of talented musicians, from 18 to 28 years old, carefully selected to represent 22 countries in North, South and Central America. Under the inspired and dynamic direction of the young Quebec conductor Jean-Pascal Hamelin, they offer us a refreshing version of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, also known as the New World Symphony.
Recorded live in concert, in August 2009, by Fidelio Music, this CD benefited from the unique acoustics of the Domaine Forget, in Charlevoix. Music lovers will enjoy the refined performance, while audiophiles will delight in René Laflamme’s “high resolution” sound recording.
Fidelio Music’s album From the New World not only assembles a program of music from the New World, but even an ensemble made up of musicians from across the hemisphere. The Youth Orchestra of the Americas 2009 consists of young artists from both North and South America and is led by conductor Jean-Pascal Hamelin. As would be expected from such a title, the program perfunctorily includes Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9. This can be a hard sell for even the best youth ensemble, not because it is a terribly difficult piece to put together, but because practically every major orchestra in the world has recorded the piece many times over. This makes little errors and blemishes not only more noticeable, but less easily overlooked. Hamelin ensures that his orchestra puts forth a valiant effort, though there are still some intonation issues in the upper register of the violins and the brass are at times inexcusably loud, drowning out much of the orchestra. More successful, perhaps, are the lesser-known works by Mexican Arturo Márquez and Canadian John Estacio. The rhythmic intensity and crisp articulation in both Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 and Estacio’s Bootlegger’s Tarantella play a big part in keeping listeners attentive. Fidelio’s super-high fidelity is superbly clear and rich. ~~AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
Anton Dvořák (1841-1904)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, “From the New World”
1. I. Adagio – Allegro molto 12:04
2. II. Largo 10:48
3. III. Molto vivace 7:32
4. IV. Allegro con fuoco 11:36
Arturo Marquez (b.1950)
5. Danzon No. 2 10:15
John Estacio (b.1966)
6. Bootlegger’s Tarantella 6:53
Youth Orchestra of the Americas
Jean-Pascal Hamelin, conductor