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Dvorak: The Symphonies (Decca Collectors Edition) Box set, Collector's Edition

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0033KR5Z2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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  1. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - ''The Bells Of Zlonice'' - 1. Maestoso - Allegro16:12Album Only
  2. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - ''The Bells Of Zlonice'' - 2. Adagio Di Molto13:38Album Only
  3. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - ''The Bells Of Zlonice'' - 3. Allegretto 8:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - ''The Bells Of Zlonice'' - 4. Finale (Allegro Animato)13:08Album Only
  5. Dvorák: Carnival Overture, Op.92 8:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Dvorák: Muj Domov Overture, Op.62 (My Country)10:23Album Only


Disc 2:

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  1. Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 1. Allegro Non Tanto16:57Album Only
  2. Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 2. Adagio 9:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto) 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 4. Finale (Allegro Con Spirito) 9:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 1. Allegro Con Moto15:08Album Only
  6. Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 2. Poco Adagio15:13Album Only


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  1. Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Con Brio)11:36Album Only
  2. Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 4. Finale (Allegro Con Fuoco)10:07Album Only
  3. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 1. Allegro12:31Album Only
  4. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 2. Andante Sostenuto E Molto Cantabile13:26Album Only
  5. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Feroce) 6:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 4. Finale (Allegro Con Brio) 9:26£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 1. Allegro Moderato11:35Album Only
  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 2. Adagio Molto, Tempo Di Marcia15:34Album Only
  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 3. Finale (Allegro Vivace) 8:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 1. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo11:21Album Only
  5. Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 2. Andante Con Moto 7:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 3. Andante Con Moto - Allegro Scherzando 7:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 4. Allegro Molto10:47Album Only


Disc 5:

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  1. Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 1. Allegro Maestoso10:42Album Only
  2. Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 2. Poco Adagio10:15Album Only
  3. Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 3. Scherzo (Vivace) 7:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 4. Finale (Allegro) 9:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 1. Allegro Con Brio 9:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 2. Adagio11:10Album Only
  7. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 3. Allegretto Grazioso - Molto Vivace 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88 - 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 8:40£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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  1. Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95 ''From The New World'' - 1. Adagio - Allegro Molto11:33Album Only
  2. Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95 ''From The New World'' - 2. Largo11:32Album Only
  3. Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95 ''From The New World'' - 3. Scherzo (Molto Vivace) 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95 ''From The New World'' - 4. Allegro Con Fuoco10:53Album Only
  5. Dvorák: Othello Overture, Op.9314:15Album Only
  6. Dvorák: Husitská Overture, Op.67 (Hussite)14:52Album Only

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DEC 4782296; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robin of Sherwood on 29 May 2013
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Though overshadowed by the superb Kertesz set in the LP Era on release this is a worthy competitor and an an equally valid set of interpretations. The orchestra produces a somewhat leaner texture for Rowicki that in some ways is more appropriate for Dvorak at times - certainly Vittorio Negri's original Philips engineering is absolutely top class. Don't hesitate if tempted - if possible be extravagant and have both Kertesz & Rowicki - you won't regret it I suspect - in many ways the set are complementary. Very strongly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mike the wizard on 9 Dec. 2013
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Much as I have always loved the Dvorak symphonies, including the early ones, it is very difficult to bring off the finales, which have a habit of sprawling or at least conveying less sense of structure than the other movements. Although the sound cannot quite match the finest of more modern sets Rowicki is a highly convincing interpreter of Dvorak's tricky fourth movements, making them seem like the true symphonic culmination that they should be. Many conductors simply fail to convince here but Rowicki demonstrates great mastery. This alone makes this set worth acquiring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Capell on 5 Oct. 2013
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I had all the Dvorak symphonies on L.P. conducted by Kertesz in the 60'. More recently I have I bought recordings, though not complete sets, by Barbirolli, Kubelik, Dorati, Neumann and Guzenhauser [extremely good]. I borrowed the Kertesz set on C.D. from a friend with a view to purchasing it and to renew my memories of these fine performances. I also remembered hearing one or two discs in the 60's from the Rowicky set and being very,very surprised how fine they were, even better than the Kertesz versions. I listened to the Kertesz set many times, but decided to go for the Rowicky set, as a new set would mean that I would listen very carefully to the performances.
I have no regrets at all. These are wonderful performances. The sound is wonderful too, with much depth and clarity. There isn't the slightly glassy quality of the Kertesz set. The bass lines and inner detail are superb and the overall balance is perfect.
Rowicky knows when to push ahead and when to relax. His performance of 8th is as fine as Kertesz's legendary 8th [and so are the versions by Barbirolli and Dorati].Rowicki's versions of 4,5,6 and 7 are finer than Kertesz's.
My only reservation was the Carnival overture which I felt was a bit dull and plain compared with Kertesz. The other day I played it and turned up the bass and volume and it seemed a different recording, and just as fine.
I really recommend this set. The Kertesz is very fine, but these performances by Rowicki do have the edge over him, and in superior sound.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2014
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This set can be recommended enthusiastically both to collectors of the complete Dvorak symphonies and even – at this price – to more selective shoppers wanting just a particular symphony or two. Whichever you want, you will not find a bad performance here among nine symphonies and four overtures. The recorded sound is not at all bad either, although there is a particular issue with the recording of the great D minor symphony, #7.

Myself, I acquired the set for my own education in the matter of the Dvorak symphonies. At some stage in the 1950’s, it seems, the recognition finally dawned that there are 9 symphonies, not 5, by Dvorak. I can still remember a certain amount of transitional confusion as the old numbering - under which the D major featured as #1, the D minor op 70 as #2 and the New World as #5 – was being supplanted by the series-numbers that everyone accepts now. However I don’t find that the earlier symphonies nos 1-5 are even yet thought of as full participants in the Dvorak canon, the way the first five symphonies of Beethoven or Mahler are treated in relation to those masters. So this was where a complete set played its part: forget what the concert planners let us hear, forget the ingrained attitudes towards these first five and consider the Dvorak cycle as a unity. When I did that I got some surprises.

What I found myself thinking after several complete tours of the territory was that symphonies 2-5 were far better than the two most popular numbers, namely #8 and the New World. My surprise related to nos 2-5, not to nos 8 and 9, because I have always considered #8 to be thoroughly second-rate and even the New World lacks freshness in its inspiration. I pass over the Bells of Zlonice because it is too big for its boots, although interesting in its way.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
The set to get. 27 Oct. 2011
By Peter Bay - Published on Amazon.com
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Decca is to be commended for reissuing (for a third time on CD) this extraordinary set of performances of the Dvorak symphonies and four overtures. I must admit that I have always admired the Kertesz set on London, and never bothered to try these recordings. But now having listened to these works again under Rowicki while following the scores I believe in some ways he surpasses Kertesz. Both conductors recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra (Kertesz from 1963-1966 and Rowicki from 1965-1971) so it's possible the orchestra became familiar with the lesser performed symphonies 1-4 with Kertesz. But the way Rowicki shapes the phrases, carefully balances the melodies against their accompaniments, gives careful consideration to tempos, and paces the works in such a way that even the familiar ones 7-9 sound newly composed makes me lean his way. Kertesz at times brings more palpable excitement to quicker paced movements, but Rowicki makes more sense of the whole.
Both sets have exemplary sonics, but I feel Rowicki's brings out more orchestral detail. It may have helped that his producer and engineer was a conductor himself - Vittorio Negri.
Both conductors include the Carnival Overture and My Country(or My Home); Kertesz adds In Nature's Realm and Scherzo Capriccioso while Rowicki adds the Othello and Hussite Overtures.
Both sets are relatively inexpensive so I'd suggest getting both. But if you collection only has room for one Rowicki's marvelous interpretations get my vote.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Under-rated and almost forgotten Dvorak, reissued. 13 Jun. 2010
By J. K. Davis MD - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to purchase three Decca "Duos" to get these; now comes a complete set. It's fascinating how some performances, such as the Kertesz, dominate the market for years while others virtually go into oblivion. It's hard to say what the finest recordings of symphonies 7-9 are, since these are great music to begin with and there TONS of excellent recordings. The first four symphonies require some advocacy by the conductor and orchestra, and these are terrific performances with better sound than the Kertesz or Kubelik of similar vintage. The only other set which comes close in the early symphonies in my view is that of Otmar Suitner, formerly hard to find but now available from Berlin Classics. My favorites are actually the fifth and sixth, because in part I haven't heard them as much as the last three
"great" symphonies, and Rowicki and Suitner score ahead of the two more famous sets there as well.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Great Dvorak 21 May 2010
By Russell Etzenhouser - Published on Amazon.com
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Rowicki contributes a very exciting and well balanced set. He is very well recorded and is not afraid to keep things moving along. I first heard this set on LP in the 1980's. His recording of the first symphony will always be the ideal for me. While Kertesz and Kubelik are often ranked ahead of Rowicki, I don't think that either one does the whole series as well as Rowicki.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Don't miss this 19 Oct. 2010
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a full set of Rowicki's Dvorak on LP, and got the old Philips CD 2-pack as soon as I saw it become available. Why? Because these are some of the most thrilling versions of the symphonies I've ever heard--even the "New World" sounds fresh in Rowicki's hands. These interpretations are maybe not as lyrical as Kertesz and Kubelik, but Dvorak's music is great enough to admit more than one perspective on it. Rowicki died fairly young, so he never had a chance to build a lasting reputation, but that shouldn't stop anyone from jumping at the chance to grab this set.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
great set, great price; particularly good for symphonies 1 - 6 12 Feb. 2012
By John K. Gayley - Published on Amazon.com
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I intially got this set about a year ago as an alternative to my (much revered) Kertesz and Kubelik sets. Both are really good. However, I am finding I turn more frequently to the Rowicki set, particularly for symphonies 1 - 4, where I feel he makes a clearer case, and is a more ardent advocate. (Symphonies 2-4 need this kind of advocacy...without it, they tend to come off as half-baked attempts to idolize Wagner.) Symphony #1 is great (not half-baked) and Rowicki's run through is fabulous.

There are a lot more --and better--choices for symphonies 5 - 9. I have a lot of other renditions for these, but Rowicki more than holds his own. When doing a "blind comparison" I was was frankly amazed at how good Rowicki was with symphonies 5 and 6. And, 7 - 9 also are first rate, with many things to say. They probably won't displace the many others I have, but nor will they be neglected or moulder unplayed..variety being the spice of life.

I am very glad Decca chose to reissue these, and recommend them strongly.
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