Notes and Editorial Reviews
Maazel is at home in the darkness and drama of Seventh, the most serious of the late Dvorak symphonies. A powerful and compelling performance.
It has taken a surprising time for this greatest of the Dvorak symphonies to reach CD, and this strong, dramatic performance from Maazel and the VPO, superbly played, will serve very well as a start. Maazel's seeming reluctance to relax in Dvorak-ian happiness and innocence is less of a drawback here than in other symphonies, with the darkness of D minor a basic ingredient. The slow movement, spacious and refined, is the more compelling on CD with its total absence of background, and though the bright DG recording rather fails to place the orchestra against any defined acoustic,
making fortissimos a little aggressive, the shortcomings hardly detract from the impact of the performance.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [5/1985]
In this, the most serious of the three [last Dvorak symphonies], Maazel sounds more at home, bringing out the darkness and drama of the first movement, taking the slow movement unusually spaciously, and remaining very much on the slow side even in the central episode... [W]ith the VPO again in radiant form and with recording warm as well as bright, Maazel's is both a powerful and compelling performance. Typically he introduces a little Viennese rubato at the very start of the Scherzo, and in the finale he makes the opening theme swagger as much as anyone with a fair slowing for the second subject, which then is delivered with outstanding clarity.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [8/1984, reviewing the original LP release]
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