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Dvorak: Symphonic Variations, Etc / Mackerras, Czech So


Release Date: 03/26/2002 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3533   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Charles Mackerras recorded all of this music in London for EMI's "Eminence" series, but those discs may be very difficult to find, and in any case they fail to stand up to these marvelous remakes. What makes so many Mackerras performances special is the conductor's buoyant sense of rhythm, and when he's working the Czech Philharmonic in top form that result can be (and in this case is) exquisite. There's no need to go on at length about the virtues of these performances. A few examples suffice to illustrate the point: there's the wonderful lightness of touch Mackerras brings to the waltz episode in the Symphonic Variations and its dazzling final fugue; the care with which he balances the percussion in the
Read more Scherzo capriccioso so that its rhythmic contributions tell without ever becoming overbearing; and in the Legends, the snap he brings to the quicker pieces (such as No. 3) and the wonderfully subtle way he sets up the appearance (in No. 6) of that gorgeous tune from the Third Symphony's slow movement. Sonically this disc is equally fine. Note the perfect balances between winds and strings throughout and the gorgeous contribution of the harp in the Legends that call for it. Totally great!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
2.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
3.
Legends (10) for Orchestra, Op. 59/B 122 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Bohemia 

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