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4.8 out of 5 stars
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DVORAK :THE 9 SYMPHONIES - BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, KUBELIK
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on 3 June 2016
If I could give these discs more stars I would do! Rafael Kubelik was an acknowledged master in performing Dvorak's music and the Berliner Philharmonker are in top form. For those who do not know some of the lesser known symphonies this is a treasure trove of great music from one of the greatest 19 century symphonists. Also included are the Scherzo Capriccioso, Carnival Overture and The Wood Dove.
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on 18 February 2018
These are fantastic performances, and at a reasonable price are incredible value, especially if you are missing some of the large number of works on here or even if you want alternative performances (as I did). Kubelik is of course ideally suited to performing bohemian music and he doesn't disappoint here; the later symphonies are excellent (his version of the ninth being one of my favourites) but the early symphonies are also played sympathetically and are well worth repeated listening. Added to this there are excellent versions of many of Dvorak's other orchestral works, which are equally well played and recorded.

The recording quality is very good and my only wish would be for a proper plastic box as opposed to the cardboard cases, but considering the large number of CD's and low cost of the product this would have been impractical.
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on 24 November 2017
Excellent a truly wonderful set . Dvorak finally vindicated. He has been hard done by on LP and CD for so long DG to be congratulated . Thankyou
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on 1 October 2016
Although I have so far only listened to the first disc I found the presentation excellent. They did the music a service, and as they are symphonies that are not frequently heard left me wondering why not.
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on 18 July 2015
Great to have all 9 symphonies in one boxed set and an excellent performance.
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on 24 September 2017
Fresh, balanced, technically skilful and very well recorded
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on 18 August 2016
very good
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on 8 January 2015
A great Czech conductor, the Berlin Phil in their prime (with no Karajan legato), wonderful recording. Doesn't get any better. I read elsewhere that DG's eloquence series are all remastered. You won't get any indication of this on the box (except the performance copyright, unusually, for DG indicates 2014). The previous version had good sound. But to my aging ears this set sounds even more open and transparent. Certainly, the sound is magnificent. Much better than Kertesz. What a steal
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on 9 January 2012
I've wanted to investigate Dvorak's symphonies for years, so for Christmas invested in two classic sets - the Kubelik and the Kertesz. I haven't listened to the latter yet but would echo the praise of the previous reviewer for Kubelik's set.

These are marvellous works given spirited recordings by an orchestra directed by a conductor whose affinity with the composer is obvious. The analogue sound stands up well (preferable to some digital recordings I've heard)and the set comes at a very reasonable price. Don't be put off by the thought of nine symphonies over six discs - just think of hours of great music that you can lose yourself in. An ideal starting point for anyone wanting to investigate the gorgeous music of Dvorak. There are some shorter orchestral works included - the "Scherzo capriccioso", "Carnival Overture" and the "Wood Dove" tone poem - it's all good and comes highly recommended.
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on 25 April 2017
One problem in the CD playing. Not significant for the simpler player, but difficult on my Sony Digital DVD Player at the Fourth CD.
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