A new Dvorak symphony and concerto cycle from the multi-Gramophone-Award-winning conductor and the great Prague-based orchestra.
Marking a triumphant return to the orchestra where he trained, the world leading and multi-Gramophone Award-winning maestro Jiri Belohlavek records Decca’s first Dvorak cycle since the 1960s. Dvorak himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra’s first concert in 1896, and the shared Bohemian heritage of composer, conductor and orchestra lends a very special authenticity to these recordings.
Dvorak’s three concertos (violin, cello and piano) feature alongside his nine great Symphonies, with Decca’s leading cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin) and GarrickRead more Ohlsson (piano). Read less
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1876; Bohemia
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Authentic and beautiful DvorakOctober 18, 2014By benjamin cutler (somerville, NJ)See All My Reviews"Here we have the great Czech conductor, Jiri Belohlavek, finally in a complete cycle of the Dvorak nine. There are two reasons, besides the obvious, to get this splendid set: The beautiful and authentic sound of the Czech Philharmonic, and getting 9 symphonies and three concertos complete on 6 disks without any spillover disk to disk. The latter is accomplished by putting as much as 85 minutes of music on one disk. I got the set because I hoped that the Czech Philharmonic still had the golden sound that the orchestra of the 50s had. Well, while still one of the best sounding orchestras around today it is not the incredible instrument of Talich and Sejna when it was one of the two most beautiful sounding orchestras ever recorded. However the compactness of the set comes with a small price. Belohlavek clearly prefers to take the first movement exposition repeats in the unfamiliar symphonies and he doesnt get to do it in the first two symphonies which are the ones that need it most. Never does he adopt an extreme tempo to make it fit. Everything is natural and sounds right. The most special gift of Belohlaveks interpretation is that, throughout, his attention to detail reveals many previously unheard felicities of Dvoraks art and never do these musical discoveries detract from the whole. How does Belohlavek match up with his peers over history? The competition here is incredibly high because no one does these symphonies badly. I personally think that Belohlaviks 4th symphony and Violin Concerto are the best I have ever heard on record. If there is any reason to quibble, and quibble it is, it is that Belohlaviks interpretations are often a little too smooth. However none of these performances are less than A, and the orchestra is A+ almost throughout. Realistically it is never going to get better than this."Report Abuse
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