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Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Op 46 & 72, Etc / Szell, Cleveland


Release Date: 09/21/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Super Audio Catalog #: 7208   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is available only in the Super Audio CD format, which is designed for use only on Super Audio CD players.

Szell's miraculously detailed and immaculately phrased recording of the complete Slavonic Dances has seldom been out of the catalog, though its sonics have never matched its artistic value. Even as currently remastered on Essential Classics, the recording still sports woodwinds that pop out of the mix front and center whenever they have the tune, against a somewhat dark and thick-textured accompaniment. Nothing can quite solve this basic problem, but as transferred here to SACD stereo, there truly is just a touch more clarity to the basic sound. And so Szell's characteristically careful way with the
Read more percussion can now be heard to better effect right from the very first dance, and subsidiary lines and rhythmic figures no longer congeal into such a dark mass of midrange tone. Nothing, of course, will make these performances technically marvelous, but this is the closest that Sony has come so far to doing their musical merits full sonic justice.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1962-65 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 37 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: George Szell 
2. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147: no 1 in B flat major, Odzemek by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1962-65 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 36 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: George Szell 

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