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Dvorák: The Symphonies / Kertész, London Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 02/11/1992 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430046   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák: Symphonies (complete); London Symphony Orchestra/István Kertész. London 430 046-2 [6 CDs; Symphonies Nos. 1-9, with Overtures In Nature’s Realm, Carnival, My Home, and Scherzo capriccioso (recorded 1963-66)].

Among the finest discographic achievements of the tragically short-lived Hungarian conductor István Kertész was his landmark stereo cycle of the Dvorák symphonies with the London Symphony. For anyone who loves this composer’s music, the Kertész compilation is self-recommending; it is still the best traversal of the symphonies, with not a single performance or recording that is less than outstanding. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, B 9 "The Bells of Zlonice" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 53 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 4/B 12 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 54 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 10/B 34 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 13/B 41 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 40 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in F major, Op. 76/B 54 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 40 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 6 in D major, Op. 60/B 112 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 45 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 36 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 43 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
My Home Overture, Op. 62/B 125a by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66/B 131 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 1. Maestoso - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 2. Adagio di molto
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 3. Allegretto
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice": 4. Finale (Allegro animato)
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 1. Allegro con moto
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 2. Poco adagio
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4: 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.10: 1. Allegro moderato
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.10: 2. Adagio molto, tempo di marcia
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.10: 3. Finale (Allegro vivace)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Hallmark performances of Dvorak  January 22, 2015 By owen  r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Long the standard by which all other performances were judged. Kertesz and the LSO deliver fine, but conventional, renditions of Dvorak's nine symphonies. These recordings are from the 60's and sometimes sound a bit congested (distorted) in tuttis but overall the sound is pretty good. My only gripe is that No.s 2 and 5 are spread over 2 discs. The actual manufacturing cost of a disc these days is very little. I would gladly pay a little more to have each symphony on a single disc. changing a disc in the middle of a symphony breaks the spell for me and spoils the listening experience. Perhaps I should have rated this set as 5 stars and I would have except for the superior set by Witold Rowicki and the LSO which I discuss next." Report Abuse
 good version of his symphonies December 22, 2011 By john clones (shrewsbury,Shrewbury, MO) See All My Reviews "I like this recording. It is a good interpritatin of Dvorak's symphonies. His 9th is his most famous. He wrote 8 others. The only complaint That I have is that the 2nd and 5th Symphonies are not complete on the same disc." Report Abuse
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