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Marcus Bosch completes Dvořák cycle with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg

The much-acclaimed Dvořák cycle is complete. Marcus Bosch and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg have saved up a lesser-known early work for the last CD: Dvořák’s Second Symphony was written in 1865, shortly after the First. Here, too, we can observe a young composer engaged in the exciting quest to find his own individual language. References to German models such as Beethoven and Schumann are clearly to be heard, while the Bohemian flavour that was later to be typical of his works is still not particularly pronounced, even if it often makes a brief appearance.

But the symphonic poem “The Golden Spinning Wheel”, written some 30 years later, shows the supremely confident master. As in the other works he wrote in this genre, Dvořák bases his piece on a tale by the writer Karel Jaromír Erben – an extremely gruesome one, with brutal murders and mutilations. The brilliant combination of a sometimes almost literal interpretation of the text with sonata form marks a high point among Dvořák‘s symphonic poems and, in Marcus Bosch’s customary thrilling interpretation, forms a worthy conclusion to the cycle.

1 SACD | Coviello Classics | COV 91735 | German release: 2 March 2018

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