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Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos ~ Czech Philharmonic
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These very well-filled CDs - several are over 80 minutes in playing time - contain all the symphonies, presented in order. None is broken over two CDs. The first three CDs contain one symphony each, the remaining three two each. The first three CDs are completed by the three concertos with orchestra, in this case presented in reverse order.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has improved immensely since its low point in the 1990s and, tho the strings have not yet attained the power and mastery of the 1950s and 1960s, the playing is wonderful throughout, with lovely woodwind - maybe the oboe could be singled out. The performances are conducted in the broad style that Jiri… Read more
Cello Concerto/Sinfonietta/ Romeo & Juliet ~ Dvorak
The previous reviewer mentions that there was a copy of the LP version of this performance of the Cello Concerto at his school and that is how he got t know the work. The school I attended also had the LP. What needs to be said is that the recordings seems to have been very carefully refurbished for this new issue - the performance always sounded good, but now it sounds even better. The balance between orchestra and cello seems much more even in this reissue, tho I'm not sure how it would have been possible for the transfer engineers to achieve this. The Janacek Sinfonietta and the Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet are also effectively performed. In all three works the orchestral playing is… Read more
Dvorak Slavonic Dances <a href="">Fritz Lehmann</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Dvorak Slavonic Dances Fritz Lehmann MP3 Download
This is a strangely named album because no Slavonic Dances are included! It includes the Serenade for Strings and Second and Third Slavonic Rhapsodies. And when you download the album the tracks are wrongly labeled with the Rhapsodies included on tracks labeled for the Serenade, in the middle of it, and in some cases one movement split onto two tracks. I am not sure whether everything which should be there is there. The performances are good ones in a German style and so far as I know this is the only way of obtaining them at present, and it's good to have the Srcond Rhapsody which was not so often recorded in the 1950s. Either Deutsche Grammophon should reissue their performances… Read more

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