Dynamic Variation:

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Oct 1, 2021


With its inspired use of Native American musical rhythms and African-American spiritual influences, Dvořák’s beloved “New World Symphony” heralded a new dawn for 20th century American music. Virtuosic violinist Karen Gomyo joins guest conductor Jaime Martín to invigorate Tchaikovsky’s lush Violin Concerto — one of the preeminent Romantic works ever written for the instrument — filled with lyrical melodies suggestive of the Slavic and Russian folksongs that so often found their way into Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta  draws on the Hungarian folk elements so prevalent during the composer’s upbringing, exemplifying the bond between cultural musical sources and formal classical composition, and showing why it matters so much in today’s world.