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Meticulous presentation but still full of life,
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This review is from: Dvorįk: Slavonic Dances (Audio CD)
This well recorded disc from 2001 reflects Harnoncourt's sympathy with the Czech musical culture. This stems from early days when he was a cellist in the Vienna Symphony orchestra, an orchestra within which about 60% of the spoken language was Czech.
Since then Harnoncourt has established a reputation for thoughtful and painstaking research into all that he undertakes to perform as a conductor. This exploration of the Slavonic Dances is typical of such an approach. As a result the original Czech dance element is emphasised as distinct from the pieces becoming a separated sequence of orchestral dances but only with loose ties to the original sources. A good reference point to register this influence is to listed to the set recorded by Sejna with the Czech PO in the late 1950's where not only are the dances very Czech orientated but also there is a distinctive Czech sound to the way the orchestral instruments are played. That makes the Sejna recording a valuable historical document and it is in good stereo sound for 1959.
Harnoncourt, in the performances on this new disc, is able to create authentic sounding Slavonic Dances even if the Czech sound of the players and their instruments is probably impossible to reproduce naturally these days with so many orchestras made up of international players. As such this becomes one of the most successful of the current discs that are available.
I would therefore suggest that this disc is well worth considering as a serious prospect for purchase when considering which of the several available should be short-listed.