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Dvorak: Symphonies No 8 & 9 / Szell, Cleveland Orchestra


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 68958  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Szell obviously loved the G major Symphony in particular. He opens the first movement... with an affectionate, expressive warmth. The slow movement is glorious: passionate, but also lyrically relaxed... Szell's New World Symphony is vividly dramatic, combining vitality, marvellous orchestral discipline and expressive resilience." – Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] "Szell obviously loved the G major Symphony in particular. He opens the first movement... with an affectionate, expressive warmth. The slow movement is glorious: passionate, but also lyrically relaxed... Szell's New World Symphony is vividly dramatic, combining vitality, marvellous orchestral discipline and expressive resilience." – Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
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 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Szell Excels With Dvorak June 30, 2016 By owen r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "These are straight forward, hard driven performances of the first order. Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra are in the first rank of great orchestras (and Dvorak interpreters). Brian Wigman on ClassicalNet states ''Szells 9th [is] a remarkable reading...an unusual clarity of texture and unsentimental focus, allied to nearly unparalled orchestral execution. If anything the 8th is even better.'' Of the two symphonies the ninth sounds best; the somewhat closely balanced recording,so typical of Columbia in its day, suits it better than the eighth. I could tell little difference between this 2010 remastering and my copy of the 1983 ''Great Performances'' issue Of the eighth. Keeping in mind that these recorded performances go back 58 years, the sound is pretty good. At the price of this disc it would be a great introduction to Dvorak for the novice and it can be recommended to the collector." Report Abuse
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