Hello, all! I'm back from my week-long Christmas hiatus.
It's Sunday, January 2nd, the first Sunday of 2022. I thought we needed music to remind us of who we are, where we are, and what we should be. Antonin Dvorak wrote his 9th Symphony, "From the New World", in 1893, while serving as Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892-95. It's an unabashed celebration of the nation that welcomed him with open arms, and has long been one of the most popular of all the symphonies in the classical repertoire.
In this time when the 'woke' and the statists oppress us, a time of political correctness and deplatforming, of repression and oligarchy, of Big Brother and petty bureaucracy, let's not forget what America was, should still be, and (please God) will be again, to those who value freedom and the human spirit. Dvorak expressed it very well, I think, in this symphony. May it inspire us as it did him.
This performance is one of the finest I've ever heard, by the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra of Slovenia in 2018, conducted by Nejc Bečan. As you can see, it's a youth orchestra comprising musicians who are still learning their craft. I think they did an absolutely superb job here.
What a lovely way to start the New Year!