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George Szell conducts Dvorak & Smetana


Release Date: 04/26/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075921662  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical proudly announces an uncommonly attractive new batch of reissues from the CBS/Sony and RCA Victor/BMG back catalogues. This latest installment of the popular series showcases the reissue of a path-breaking composer edition as well as recordings by some of the labels’ greatest artists of the last half century. Throughout his long tenure with The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell and his peerless ensemble set standards with their recordings of Czech music. The new release now offers them all, many for the first time on modern recording technology, including earlier mono versions of Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony (1952) and Slavonic Dances (1947–56) as well as his Piano Concerto (1954) with its finest soloist, Rudolf Read more Firkušny. The main attraction for most listeners, however, will likely still be Szell’s stereo recordings. When the symphonies, set down in 1958–60, were most recently reissued along with some of the mono Smetana performances, ClassicsToday declared, “you won’t find a more authoritative, urgently exciting, well-played collection of Dvorák’s last three symphonies at any price. The remastering has been managed with great care and is wholly successful. This is particularly gratifying with respect to the mono items, which include the Bartered Bride Overture and Szell’s own surprisingly colorful and uninhibited orchestration of Smetana’s First Quartet. Indispensable!” And, of course, Szell’s “miraculously detailed and immaculately phrased” 1962–63 set of the complete Slavonic Dances, never out of the catalogue, is still the benchmark for these joyous masterpieces, especially in this superb SACD remastering. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 3/1960 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 35 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 1/1963 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
Date of Recording: 3/15/1958 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, T 116 "From my life" by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 4/26/1949 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 27 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 35 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 3/1959 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 39 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 1952 
8.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1962-65 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 37 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 1 in B flat major, Odzemek by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1962-65 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 36 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Má vlast: no 4, From Bohemian fields and groves, T 114 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
11.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
12.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Polka by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
13.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866 
14.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Furiant by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Czech Republic 
15.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863/1870; Bohemia 
16.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 7 in C major, Sribske by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
17.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
18.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
19.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 8 in G minor, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
20.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 3 in A flat major, Polka by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
21.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 1 in C major, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
22.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1956 
23.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 

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 Nice sound/missing metadata... June 4, 2019 By J P W. (Santa Clara, CA) See All My Reviews "These are nice re-releases to have, but since most folks listen via portable devices these days, be aware Sony (in their haste to release the set) has failed to provide metadata for the bulk of the CDs. Beyond that, 3 of the disks are in mono which is not readily indicated externally." Report Abuse
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