Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22; Serenade for Wind, Op. 44

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22; Serenade for Wind, Op. 44
PERFORMER: Philharmonia Orchestra/ Christopher Warren-Green
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 7060 (1986)
Under the direction of their then (1985) leader, the Philharmonia strings produce a velvety-smooth sound in the E major Serenade, though their quality of tone is obscured by the over-reverberant acoustic. In addition, Warren-Green’s pacing is sluggish, though he proves adept at turning the music’s corners gracefully in the Scherzo. Rather than developing organically, the D minor Wind Serenade also suffers from a bar-by-bar approach, but there is some lovely work from individual players. George Hall

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