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on 12 September 2003
A splendid bargain in every way. This recording is, as the series suggests "A Legendary Recording from the Deutsche Gramophon Catalogue." Kubelik brings a sense of mystery, and a cheery air to Dvorak. I have heard the Karajan recording from 1965, and although it is good, this recording does win with flying colours.
In 8, Kubelik does not hesitate to slow down, indeed some bits are daringly slow, especially the third movement, but he then compensates by whipping things back up into a vigorous tempo in the finale. Watch out for some bouncy rhythms in the first movement, exciting fanfares, and bouncy timpani playing in the second movement.
In the almost too well known Ninth (From the New World), this makes outstanding value for money. An essential acquisition for any Dvorak lover, and for anyone new to Dvorak. The romantically expressive opening is particularly telling. The largo is a moving, enjoyable solo from the cor anglais at a nice steady speed. The scherzo is not as much of a tap dance as Sir Colin Davis' LSO Live recording, but does come close behind. The finale is quicker than any other recordings I have heard, but only slightly.
In general, this recording is a truly great one, that any classical music lover should not be without, and at this price, it makes outstanding value for money.
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on 2 December 2015
I’m grateful to a friend of mine for bringing this disc to mind. I’ve owned it since mid-1995 when it was first issued to the market. As DG has yet to remaster Kubelik’s cycle per se, it’s an obligatory purchase.

And indeed, it’s more than that. It’s another Ghost of Banquo job on Sir Simon Rattle and Abbado (or at least, his Shade so pale). It’s a remembrance of things past when the Klang was regnant. Such be the intensity and aggression of the Berlin Philharmonic of yesteryear, one wonders whether Poland was in danger at the time. I know it’s fashionable to ask whether any performance of Dvorak is “Czech enough.” To my mind, orchestral execution of this order trumps such a mundane consideration – and having a Czech conductor on the podium is assurance in itself. And this is not just a power-trip: the great acts of valediction in the finales of each symphony (6’29”ff in the Eighth and 7’00”ff in the New World) are superbly done. Sooner or later, life strips one of everything. As performed here, the Scherzo in the Eighth (1’48”ff – 4’08”) brings healing even as it devastatingly reminds one that the ‘Communion of Saints” of years bygone is dust and nothing more.

In passing, Abbado taped both symphonies in his ruinous tenure at the Philharmonie: the 8th with Sony whereas the 9th was recorded by DG (and it sat in the can for over two years – Hamburg knew it was a dud). Tofu has more flavour to its name. Yolk ‘em together, they’re worth tuppence. Of the virtues that make one small.

And don’t forget the cover. Here, Kubelik strides like a colossus through ziggurats and headstones, whereas at his feet, the runts of Zeitgeist peep about to find themselves graves dishonourable.
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on 26 February 2012
Not a lot to add, but played very loud this is a sensational experience. I was, to be honest, unfamiliar with Kubelik prior to this, but his reading is fantastic
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on 11 February 2011
This is a fantastic CD. I have never bought a bad Deutsche Gramaphon recording and this is no exception. The Amazon price is excellent so a real bargain if you want an excellent recording of Symphony No 9 from Dvorak.
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on 4 April 2011
I've had a few versions of this Symphony over the years, but this is my favourite by far. It's a classic work, which can stand lots of re-listening... get it for your collection!
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on 12 June 2015
I hear too many orchestral works these days that sound as though the conductor showed up, played it through once, tracked it then went home, leaving the sound engineers to complete the butchery. This rendering is the other end of the scale - you can hear the difference that the hours of rehearsal that no doubt went into the recording have made. The dynamics may be a little extreme, but you should never listen to orchestral music in a moving car anyway. There's a rare precision in the balance between and within sections that marks this out as exceptional. This a great example of what can be achieved when the players - and the conductor - simply listen to what they are doing.
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on 2 November 2012
A true traditional favourite from one of my favourite composers and superbly compiled, an excellent CD for lovers of fine music.
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on 6 February 2013
I had not heard any Kubelik recordings for a long time until I started purchasing music from the Amazon store. I know, from lots of record reviews I have read, that Kubelik is a very highly respected conductor, one of the best of his time. Not only that, but he has made many excellent recordings of very high quality in terms of the orchestra, the conducting and the sound. Not only that, but the prices of these recordings bargain prices. This recording is no exception.
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These Kubelik accounts bring refinement, passion, power and poetry together in wonderfully paced accounts from Kubelik that sound so natural. There is an incandescence about both performances which sets these readings apart and the sound holds up remarkably well. These are beautifully played and lovingly interpreted performances which are dramatic and full of character and as a pairing on disc this coupling remains at the top of the listings of desirable accounts.
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on 18 December 2015
As described. Good product, arrived before stated date. Excelent service.
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