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5.0 out of 5 stars A towering performance..., 24 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Dvorak : Symphony No.9 & The Water Goblin [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
I had high hopes for this recordings. The main work is one of my favourite symphonies and Harnonocourt is one of the most respected conductors in the world, and is here conducting one of the finest orchestras.
Upon hearing it, it became clear that it easily lives up to my expectations. This much recorded masterpiece sounds fresh in his hands. This is the work of a conductor who has thought deeply about the score and he brings it to wonderful life. He has the measure of the whole thing and all four movements are just spot on, in particular he has the measure of the finale in all its moods. And the cor anglais solo in the largo is most affecting. It is a live recording, but the audience are thankfully unobtrusive throughout.
And The Water Goblin is no mere makeweight. Once again it is a searching performance that brings new light onto the work. It is a studio recording.
The sound quality of this DVD is impeccible. The surround sound adding punch and presence to the music in a way that stereo never could.
The only extra is a short historical timeline. It doesn't add much.
This is a disc I would recommend to all music lovers. For Dvorak fans it is almost worth buying a DVD Audio surround system just to hear this recording in all its surround sound glory.
Good quality, classical DVD Audio discs are still a bit thin on the ground, but hopefully that situation will change as more are released.
All in all an excellent release that goes someway towards justifying the new format.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2010 21:39:47 BDT
JJA Kiefte says:
Thanks about the info about the (absent) audibility of the audience, whose coughing I can do without. Makes this a helpful review.

Posted on 4 Feb 2011 23:02:53 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 5 Feb 2011 15:05:29 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2011 08:55:23 GMT
If you tried paying attention you would see that my review is for Dvorák - Symphony No.9; The Water Goblin [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio) and that Amazon have cross-linked it to the CD Audio version.
So kindly check your facts before making silly posts.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2011 11:17:18 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 5 Feb 2011 15:05:37 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2011 13:15:13 GMT
The presence of my review on the audio CD page wasn't my fault at all. I had no part in it whatsoever. My review, as is clearly stated at the head of the review (if only you'd taken the time to read it) was for the DVD audio version. The biggest 'clue' is the legend "This review is from: Dvorák - Symphony No.9; The Water Goblin [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)". You will notice that it doesn't mention the Audio CD.
Do you understand now?
My review is for the DVD not the CD.
Amazon has linked it to the CD.
Any reviews for the CD would also appear on the DVD page. They do not magically become reviews of the DVD when they do so.
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