On June 9 Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony release the sixth disc on their Grammy-nominated in-house label, Seattle Symphony Media.
This album features a pairing of works that represent two European composers’ first impressions of the New World: Antonín Dvořák’s beloved Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” and Edgard Varèse’s lesser known yet defining orchestral piece Amériques.
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 was composed while the composer lived in New York City from 1892 to 1895, and is inspired by spirituals and Native American music. By contrast, Varèse’s Amériques is influenced by the sounds of urban life and displays the composer at his most primal. Written only 30 years apart, Symphony No. 9 looks back at the Romantic era, while Amériques is an incisive statement looking forward to the modern era.
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