Notes and Editorial Reviews
You might think that these performances can't possibly compete with the more illustrious versions by various Czech conductors and orchestras, but you would be wrong. Adrian Leaper's interpretation is warm and relaxed, without quite the rhythmic spring that you find in the best competing versions, but his generous use of rubato and overall lyricism has its own charm. A case in point: the second dance of Op. 46. Here, Leaper's freedom of tempo really does give the music a greater degree of character than usual, and if the result sounds perhaps a bit more like Brahms' Hungarian Dances than Dvorák, it's still arguably a perfectly valid approach. The orchestra plays well, with more than respectable contributions from the all-important
woodwind section, and the sonics are quite good, aside from a slightly over-prominent triangle. As an alternative to the more rambunctious reference version listed above, this inexpensive disc turns out to be an enjoyable and unexpected surprise.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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