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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos.5, 7, 8 & 9 (2 CDs)
 
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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos.5, 7, 8 & 9 (2 CDs)

2 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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12:48
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2
7:26
30
3
7:26
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12:16
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5
10:18
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10:08
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7
7:22
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8
9:15
Disc 2
30
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10:04
30
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10:00
30
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6:04
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4
8:58
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5
12:28
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12:25
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7
7:26
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8
11:14

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:35:38
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  • ASIN: B003SIY3OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,479 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hywel Jenkins on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
These four Dvorak Symphonies from Istvan Kertesz - whose early, accidental death was a tragedy - were pretty much the bees'-knees in the early seventies, give or take the odd Kubelik. At that time nobody quite found the slavonic inflexion as well as these two, and the LSO's playing and Decca's ffss sound made Kertesz's complete set the must-have. Just listen to the flamboyance of the horns in the finale of the Eighth Symphony. It's a pity that this double album leapfrogs the delicious Sixth, but the Fifth is great too. These days the sound feels slightly leaner in comparison with, say, Mackerras, who matches Kertesz in every other respect too and for me is the present must-have, but anyone wanting the Dvorak Symphonies at their best - and economically - can scarcely do better than this and the complementary volumes from Kertesz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Redwood on 10 Aug. 2014
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These two very well filled CDs contain four of Dvorak's symphonies in performances that are amongst best ever committed to disc. Tempi and phrasing are so very well chosen - not rushed like some - and the overall orchestral balance is excellent, with woodwind solos being clearly heard - so vital in several movements such as the 3rd movement of the 8th. The cellos are wonderfully heard in the 9th. It is very easy to see why they have stood the test of time - they seem absolutely right to me. In many cases they seem to 'work' for me, when others have failed.

In comparison with at least one box set of all the symphonies from Decca and the same performers, none of this set of four symphonies is split across discs - which was what clinched this set for me. The recordings all date from around the middle part of the 1960s, so there is a little tape hiss audible, and in just one or two places I noticed a merest hint of very slight overload just starting to creep in and one slightly obvious tape edit. The stereo recordings really do convey a very realistic orchestral sound - such as might be heard in a live concert.

I have no hesitation in recommending these two discs - and at such a bargain price!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Roberts on 1 May 2009
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Glorious inspired playing, the LSO surpassed themselves with these Dvorak recordings. Decca provided some of the most detailed Dvorak recordings ever and a fabulous acoustic too. Exposition repeats played where indicated most notably in the New World.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. H. Gallienne on 19 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Whilst most of us are familiar with Dvorak's 9th (The New World Symphony) it seems to me that his other great symphonic works are far less familiar, and that is really a great pity. I can only hope that this double CD in some way will help to put this right. This is all truly great music, and needs to be heard and analysed.
The only criticism is that the first movement of the 9th is taken rather slowly, but all in all a wonderful rendering of all four works.
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