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Heritage Dvorák: Symphonies No 7-9, Carnival Overture / Szell, Cleveland


Release Date: 06/16/1998 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 63151   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBedrich Smetana
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


With Masterworks Heritage titles going out of print rapidly, it's good to know that Sony has elected to repackage this landmark set in regular jewel-box format. George Szell's Dvorák performances feature his customary blend of razor sharp orchestral discipline allied to a wholly idiomatic, singing line. Even more interesting, he takes numerous liberties with Dvorák's orchestration in the Seventh Symphony, reinforcing the violins and woodwinds with horns at several points in the outer movements. Some of his interpretive touches, such as the pianissimo reprise in the Eighth's third movement, have even become performance "traditions", reappearing in many subsequent readings by other artists. In short, you
Read more 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!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com 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
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. 
Notes: Orchestrated: George Szell 
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. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco Adagio
III. Scherzo. Vivace - Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale. Allegro
Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Overture to the Bartered Bride
I. Romantic longing, and foreboding of misfortune: Allegro vivo appassionato
II. The merriment of youth; my love of dancing and dance music: Allegro moderato alla Polka
III. Memories of the happiness of my first love: Largo sostenuto
IV. Joy in discovering how to treat Bohemian national elements in music; the catastrophe of deafness, reminiscences of happier days, and resignation: Vivace - M
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco

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