Rafael Kubelik conducts the Berlin Philharmonic for this audiophile recording of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 from "The New World".
Rafael Kubelik recorded Dvorak's Ninth Symphony something like four times, but it's never sounded better than it does here. In fact, when these performances were first released, they set new standards in symphonic cogency and beauty of orchestral execution. One of the biggest problems in collecting classical music is that you're often faced with an embarrassment of riches — so many really fine performances of the great works. Some of these, however, stand out as classic recordings of classical music, and Kubelik's Dvorak recordings clearly belong in this elite category.
"The name 'From the New world" which Dvorak himself gave his Symphony in e minor, Op. 95, clearly points to the basic idea underlying this work. The contact with the folk music of another land which the Czech composer made during his years in America undoubtedly had a stimulating effect on his creative imagination - a fact which is evident both from available written accounts from Dvorak's compositions of that period...
"...Dvorak worked on this Symphony from January to May 1893, and on December 16th of that year its world premiere was conducted by Anton Seidl at a New York Philharmonic concert in the Carnegie Hall. According to a report in the New York Herald, enthusiastic applause for Dvorak broke out after the second movment. Its immensely successful premiere launched this work, which is still the most popular of Dvorak's symphonies, on a triumphal progress of the world's concert halls." - from liner notes by Hans Christoph Worbs