I had the luck of stumbling upon this one while searching for a cheap New World Symphony CD for my children. Out of curiosity I played that for myself and my jaws dropped to the floor. The recording is awesome in that, that it capture the instruments tonality in a way few digital recording have ever achieved, the sound-stage layers of the instruments group within the stage is so clear that you want to reach and touch them with your hand, the bass articulation is realistic and dynamic (use excellent bi-amplification with sub-woofers to appreciate that...) The dynamic can blow your system up in smoke if you do not lower the volume just a tad. And it is all proportional, meaning, not too many microphones used for the recording. The sheer power of the London Philharmonic is there and the clarity and the dynamics and the transparency. The conductor's way with this first class orchestra reminds me of the young Solti (his early 1959 Beethoven symphonies recordings and that of the Suppe Overtures with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). The way these two conductors, Mr. Denek Macal - and - the young Mr. George Solti, the way they drive the orchestra to sort of a frenzy is very similar in approach and very exciting. This is not a "romantic" sugary reading, rather it is "driven", charismatic and bold. I ended ordering another copy for myself, and another copy for friends of ours too.
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Delightful Budget Dvorak28 Jan. 2004
Michael Brad Richman
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Format: Audio CD
Sometimes it pays to do a little extra surfing on Amazon. Those of you who have read my reviews know how much I like certain classical budget-lines, and in particular the original EMI Seraphim series. For less than a five-spot, you can still get some amazing vintage stereo performances by some of the best conductors of the last century. Unfortunately, most of the other titles in that series are now out-of-print, and some are even commanding prices five times their original retail list price in the Marketplace. The EMI Seraphim featuring this Dvorak 9th by Zdenek Macal was one such title. Sure it's a collector's item, but I always figured one of the reasons sellers were asking such an inflated price for it was that it also had to be good performance. Well, it is a good recording, but you certainly don't have to pay an exorbitant price for it! After some effort I discovered that the very same Macal account was available as an EMI Import in the "Classics for Pleasure" series. Also it is coupled here with a fine rendition of Dvorak's Symphonic Variations, instead of Previn's account of the Mendelssohn 4th on the Seraphim (which I already own on another title). My former teachers were right -- more research never hurts!