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Dvorak: Symphonies No 8 & 9 / Kertesz, London Symphony


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000692002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; London Symphony Orchestra/István Kertész. [London Jubilee 417 724-2, with Carnival Overture and Scherzo capriccioso]

As an interpreter, Kertész was colorful, intense, highly spontaneous, but always respectful of a work’s structure and a composer’s style. Thus, in addition to their warmth and spirit, his readings of the symphonies of Dvorák are notable for their grasp of architecture and idiomatic good sense. This 1966 account of the Symphony From the New World was actually Kertész’s second on disc (he had earlier recorded it with the Vienna Philharmonic) and it shows the conductor at his best. The introduction is firm and rather forbidding, a good
Read more characterization, and the ensuing Allegro is kept taut, its play of light and shade carried off brilliantly. Elegance and subtlety of pacing mark the beautifully realized Largo, in which the playing of the London Symphony is suitably muted and sensitive, showing a beautiful polish. The final two movements are grandly exuberant. This was Kertész and the LSO at the peak; as a performance of the Ninth, it has yet to be bettered, and the sound, after nearly 50 years, is still ravishing. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
2.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88: 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World": 1. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World": 2. Largo
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World": 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World": 4. Allegro con fuoco

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