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5.0 out of 5 stars fine performance in great sound
I recently bought Dohnanyi's Decca account of the Dvorak Seventh, and I was very impressed, so being already disposed to think that Telarc's sound in the 1980's and 1990's was as good as recorded sound gets, I bought this and have not been disappointed. From 1985, it's as good an account as any on record, with better sound than most (I listen with decent Bose...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing
I quite like the 5 & 7 disc of this series but the sound quality and interpretation are a bit of a let down because the expectations of Cleveland and Telarc are so high. Karajan Gold is more grandiose and Eliot Gardiner on Archiv simply riveting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fine performance in great sound, 19 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Symphony No. 9 (Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra) (Audio CD)
I recently bought Dohnanyi's Decca account of the Dvorak Seventh, and I was very impressed, so being already disposed to think that Telarc's sound in the 1980's and 1990's was as good as recorded sound gets, I bought this and have not been disappointed. From 1985, it's as good an account as any on record, with better sound than most (I listen with decent Bose headphones). The engineers get the lower instruments in the picture without overwhelming the others, and they create a sense of depth of sound, as if there's almost a three-dimensional quality to it. Dohnanyi takes care that the textures of the instrumental groups are clearly realized, and all that's needed thereafter is good tempo choices and good transitions when they're needed. Here, the qualities that made his Dvorak so effective are all in evidence -- a solid rhythmic foundation and just lovely warm sound overall. The finale comes off splendidly, though the very end tests the chorus and the engineers, but the quartet is fine (Siegfried Jerusalem outstandingly so), and the chorus's parts clearly delineated. The whole thing is great, but if I had to single out a movement, it might be the third -- I've never heard the "cantabile" called for in the score rendered more effectively. Dohnanyi doesn't linger here, and the effect is of mellowness and fluidity that seems just right for the music. There are other great Ninths, of course -- I'm partial to Abbado's Sony live account from Berlin, and Pletnev's DGG account is also in lovely sound and has plenty of life -- but this one is up there with them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing, 10 Jun. 2013
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I quite like the 5 & 7 disc of this series but the sound quality and interpretation are a bit of a let down because the expectations of Cleveland and Telarc are so high. Karajan Gold is more grandiose and Eliot Gardiner on Archiv simply riveting.
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