EMI Classics presents a new recording of two of Dvorak’s best loved works together on disc – the Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” and his Cello Concerto in B minor. These two works are not often paired together on recordings. Dvorak wrote the 9th symphony following a trip to America. It is imbued with the rhythms of Native American immigrant folk music cast in the language of the 19th century romantic musical language. Antonio Pappano, born in America but working in the European tradition, sees this piece in new and fresh ways because of his own heritage. This is the first time Pappano has conducted the 9th symphony, although he has admired the work for years. This will also be a rare recording of the first edition of the Dvorak Cello Concerto, performed by renowned Italian cellist Mario Brunello It is a far less frequently heard version and, according to Dmitry Markevitch (the respected Russian concert cellist, researcher, teacher and musicologist) “much more musical.”
Antonio Pappano is Music Director of both the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has been invigorated in recent years under the music directorship of Antonio Pappano. Named one of the leading orchestras in the world by Classic FM Magazine in 2010, the Orchestra and Pappano have performed at the Salzburg Festival and at the BBC Proms, among others.