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Dvorák: Symphony No. 6

Dvorák: Symphony No. 6

1 Jan 2005
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2005
  • Release Date: 5 April 2005
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: ℗© 2005 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 46:17
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  • ASIN: B001HSLYMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,951 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is yet another excellent performance captured on the LSO live label. I was actually at the concert and the mood and atmosphere is captured extremely well. Although less popular than the three symphonies which followed this work this piece still has a lot to offer, and is in some ways much Slavonic than the later works, notably the third movement. I cannot recommend this CD enough and the other LSO Live recordings of Dvorak. Even if you do already have recordings of these pieces i still recommend that you listen to them, because they are a text book of superb orchestral playing, particularly the wind solos
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By Captain Pike TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2014
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I was new to this symphony and found it as tuneful and addictive as the 8th - I don't know why it is overshadowed by the later symphonies.

Some conductors tend to prefer slower, broader readings of works as they get older, but Colin Davis's interpretation bristles with energy. As for the recording, I can't fault it. The engineers have managed to give us all of the benefits of a live performance without the accompanying coughs and the sound quality is as good as the best studio recording. The Colin Davis LSO Live recordings are already acknowledged as classics and are a particular favourite with the experts on Radio Three's 'CD Review', so I shall be buying the others in this series.
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Great piece of music played brilliantly. I am enjoying listening to it at high volume in the car! Good value too.
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I'm new to Dvorak apart from Symphony no9 so no6 was a new experience for me. I must say and make it clear that I am happy with the performance and the recording, its the music I'm not sure about.

The first movement is strangely alluring and compels for no apparent reason to be replayed and replayed. It has a relaxed Mahler feel. The second movement leaves me wondering what its doing there at all and has no appeal, it doesnt go anywhere for me, but I'll keep trying. All of a sudden the third movement wakes the symphony with a tempo and scherzo that flourishes from nowhere and is very welcome. There's a strange undertone of mystery going on as if a spell has been cast with the listener now caught up in the music and unable to let go. The last movement doesnt do anything much until all of a sudden a big Brahmistic ending concludes with a bit of satisfying power and thats it. Its oddly addictive though.

I would say that no6 is a whirl of pastel colours on canvass, autumn leaves being blown gently and then whisked up and down, sometimes quite furiously in many strokes before quietly settling on the ground to be repeated with new gusts, madness and flurries again and again.

You may end up loving this and not know why.........
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good interpretation 10 Dec. 2012
By Al Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I have it on my computer but have been unable to get Amazon to download or to download it to my Walkman,.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Performance, sound has huge dynamic range 2 Nov. 2005
By Bruce Zeisel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this performance as such. Four stars refer to the extraordinary dynamic range on the stereo SACD layer. Nevertheless I was a little put off by the sound which I attribute to the location and the fact that (presumably) it was live. I've never been to the Barbican, but I've heard that it is hard to record in. Apparently it is necessary to mic very closely. I listened to this disc on a Sony SACD/DVD player with a middling amplifier and pretty nice but not exceptional speakers. I listened to it as an SACD in stereo. (My multi-channel system has much better speakers and amplification, but is down temporarily while I build an in-the-wall equipment cabinet.)

My only complaint with this Dvorak is that some string passages border on strident. I most certainly did not find the sound "muddy" or "congested". The dynamic range is thrilling. It is exemplary!

Janos Gardonyi concluded his review with: "I fail to understand why they fool around with the sound these days, this so called Hybrid SACD is just awful. The regular digital DDD or ADD sound is much better."

Folks should know that a "Hybrid SACD" is a very special disc and the reason for buying one is because you own or anticipate purchase of an SACD player in the future. The Hybrid part refers to being able to play the disc on a regular CD player. You are not listening to an SACD in that case - you are listening to a regular CD - these discs have 2 layers.

SACDs usually are not only far better at providing the natural instrumental timbres, they also are far less likely to sound muddy or congested in complex passages. The LSO Live series is somehwat anomalous in my experience. They have great dynamic range, they do not sound muddy but on many, the treble is troubling. But I will reiterate: You CANNOT possibly evaluate an SACD as such by listening to it's redbook CD layer. This Dvorak disc is great heard as an SACD, except for that strangely ascerbic treble.

I look forward to hearing this in multi-channel sound. BTW When multi-channel recordings are done correctly, you aren't aware of the rear speakers till you revert to stereo; then you feel a sense of deprivation because the multi-channel experience had transported you into the concert hall and suddenly going back to stereo it all collapses!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant, uneventful run-through 29 Nov. 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As anyone knows who has followed his career, the once energetic and incisive Colin Davis turned sober and dull some time in the Eighties. Since then he's shown sporadic moments of revival, particularly in Berlioz, but this LSO Live performance of the Dvorak Sixth isn't one of them.

I think the one-star reviewer below has everything right. Davis wasn't having a good day; everything sounds professional but blandly routine, with sluggish tempos in the first movement and furiant. He's also right about the sound, which is veyr close on the woodwinds but leaves the strings sounding distant and thin. It's also stingy not to include a filler. A regretful pass.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An off day for Sir Colin. Bad sound. 15 April 2005
By dongiovanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although Colin Davis is one of my favorite conductors, I am thoroughly disappointed with this disc.It may have caught Sir Colin on an off day. Although it is a thoroughly professional
performance, it lacks the last ounce of inspiration, poetry and a
true Slavic spirit. I cannot even begin to compare it with the incandescent Kertesz' reading which brings out all the beauties of this lovely score.
Davis is also hampered by a badly engineered recorded sound that's muddy, lacking detail and hard on the ear.I fail to understand why they fool around with the sound these days, this so called Hybrid SACD is just awful. The regular digital DDD or ADD sound is much better.
Go for the Kertesz or the Dohnanyi.
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