Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer, conductor
Channel Classics, 2010
The Slavonic Dances, together with the Ninth Symphony, are rightly considered among Antonìn Dvořák’s most renowned works. In these masterpieces, the op. 46 and 72 of his catalogue, the Czech composer draws on the repertoire of Czech dances (which predominate in the first composition), but also Slovak, Serbian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian dances – the whole Slavic folklore, in fact.
In the recording I propose you, Ivan Fischer conducts to perfection the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he founded and with which he collaborated for many years, and offers a festive interpretation, rich in spirit and lightness and far away from the frenzy of fast times, as I hear in other occasions. The pieces with a slow indication of time, where sometimes echoes the Ukrainian dumka, possess what I would call a veiled melancholy, without abandoning the joyful character of folk dances. Above everything an infinite variety of colours is spread, giving the execution vividness and splendour.