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Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Belohlavek, Czech


Release Date: 08/05/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002110502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa WeilersteinFrank Peter ZimmermannGarrick Ohlsson
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Garrick
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein (Cello)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
2.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
3.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
4.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
5.
Symphony no 6 in D major, Op. 60/B 112 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
6.
Symphony no 5 in F major, Op. 76/B 54 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
7.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 13/B 41 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Bohemia 
8.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 10/B 34 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
9.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 4/B 12 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Bohemia 
10.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, B 9 "The Bells of Zlonice" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Bohemia 
11.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
12.
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 1. Maestoso - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 2. Adagio di molto
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 3. Allegretto
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 4. Finale (Allegro animato)
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104: 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104: 3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 1. Allegro con moto
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 2. Poco adagio
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 2. Adagio, ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding Dvorak collecion January 30, 2015 By David  Levy (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "I haven't finished listening to this entire set yet, specifically, I haven't yet listened to Symphony No. 6. I love Dvorak but in my opinion the symphonies as a whole don't add up as great works the way Brahms, Beethoven, Bruckner, or for that matter, Schumann, Mendelssohn or even Berwald. That said the performances recorded here of the seventh, eighth and ninth, but especially the seventh, are worth the entire price of admission. The seventh alone holds the crown. I haven't heard any recording with as much balance, detail, and emphasis on phrasing as I have heard with this recording, though I admit I'm sure I missed some promising ones including Rowicki. The closest performance of the seventh goes back to my Monteux LSO from the 60's. As for the concerti, I've only gone through them once so it's perhaps unfair to say I don't like the cello performance. In general it's too fast; violin & piano concerti are good. Again, the entire set is still outstanding. The Czech Phil is great, the ownership of all the symphonies is worthwhile, but listen first to the seventh!!" Report Abuse
 Authentic and beautiful Dvorak October 18, 2014 By 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 doesn’t 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 Belohlavek’s interpretation is that, throughout, his attention to detail reveals many previously unheard felicities of Dvorak’s 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 Belohlavik’s 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 Belohlavik’s 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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