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Vaclav Talich Special Edition Vol 1 - Dvorák


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3821   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you have Václav Talich's recording of the Slavonic Dances in its previous Supraphon incarnation, hang onto it! Whether as a result of tape deterioration or over-processing, this elegantly-packaged first volume in the label's new complete edition is missing both high frequencies and overall clarity. And fine as these performances are (and they really are), the best Slavonic Dances of all is Karel Sejna's with this same orchestra, which was recorded in very good stereo. Other issues in this series (such as Janácek's Taras Bulba) do indeed sound much better than previously, so it's likely the problem lies more with the condition of the original 1950 source material rather than bad reprocessing, but it's a pity all the same. Unless you want Read more to hear the bonus four minutes of Talich working at the recording session, stick with what you have. If you're new to this great conductor, then you can purchase this release confident in its solid artistic values, but I doubt you'll be impressed with the sound. [8/11/2005]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 37 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 07/1950 
Length: 36 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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