DVORAK Complete Symphonies / Kertész

ANTONÍN DVORAK

Complete Symphonies

Tone Poems

Overtures

Requiem
London Symphony Orchestra
István Kertész
Int. Release 03 Feb. 2014
9 CDs / Download
0289 478 6459 2 9 CDs ADD DC9
Collectors Edition


Track List

CD 1: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.1 in C Minor, Op.3, B.9 - "The Bells of Zlonice"

Symphony No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.4, B.12

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:10:25

CD 2: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.4, B.12

Symphony No.3 in E Flat Major, Op.10, B.34

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:13:27

CD 3: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.4 in D Minor, Op.13, B.41

Symphony No.5 in F Major, Op.76, B.54

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:07:48

CD 4: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.5 in F Major, Op.76, B.54

Symphony No.6 in D Major, Op.60, B.112

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0:00
11:32

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:11:35

CD 5: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.7 in D Minor, Op.70, B.141

Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op.88, B.163

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:12:05

CD 6: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World"

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12:28

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:14:07

CD 7: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:23:20

CD 8: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Requiem, Op.89, B.165

Pilar Lorengar, Erszebet Komlossy, Robert Ilosfalvy, Tom Krause, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Pilar Lorengar, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Pilar Lorengar, Erszebet Komlossy, Robert Ilosfalvy, Tom Krause, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

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11:14

Pilar Lorengar, Erszebet Komlossy, Robert Ilosfalvy, Tom Krause, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:12:23

CD 9: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems; Overtures; Requiem

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Requiem, Op.89, B.165

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5:56

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10:51

Pilar Lorengar, Erszebet Komlossy, Robert Ilosfalvy, Tom Krause, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Serenade in D Minor, Op.44, B.77

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:14:47

. . . the nine (very full) discs still qualify as a tremendous achievement for anyone who loves this music. Kertész -- especially in the early symphonies and shorter pieces -- pretty much takes top prize. And even if you have other orchestras or conductors you prefer in the later trio of symphonies, these are still impressive and fresh-sounding accounts.

On the symphonies, each of the performances has been in the top handful of choices since their initial appearance . . . My personal favourite has always been the Sixth, which finds Kertész, the LSO and the Decca team at a collective and happy high . . . Most outstanding perhaps are the Variations and the Scherzo capriccioso, which fully bring out the composerżs exuberance and charm, as well as, in the former, the Brahmsian elements. The Requiem receives a wholehearted and vital response from Kertész, his singers and orchestra . . . [for those readers] who don't already know these Kertész performances, or perhaps have only a passing familiarity, I couldn't recommend this new set more highly.

The CDs now sound a tad more immediate and transparent than earlier silver disc issues, while the Blu-ray appears to be even more vivid and immediate. Kertesz' performances are notable for their freshness and sense of discovery. The LSO play with swashbuckling virtuosity and brilliance, and Decca's sound still sends shivers down the spine with its vividness and clarity.

. . . magnificent interpretations . . . in glitteringly refined digitally remastered sound . . . this cycle continues to set the standard by which others are judged . . . [Kertész's] jubilant advocacy of the unfamiliar First Symphony has never been superseded . . . The challenging rhetoric of the Fourth has never found a more glorious resolution than here, with Kertész drawing playing of quite gripping intensity from the LSO . . . [his superb reading of the Sixth] shows just how individual and naturally expressive this underrated work actually is, while the playing in the great climax of the opening movement and the vigorous final peroration remains tremendously exciting . . . he triumphs nobly with the craggy resilience of the Seventh Symphony, and he brings a dynamic thrust and momentum to the Eighth. His "New World" is by turns indomitable and searchingly lyrical . . . brilliant readings of the "Overtures Carnival", "In Nature's Realm" and the rarely heard "My Home", together with a lucid and heroic account of the "Scherzo capriccioso". These definitive performances have been skilfully reprocessed, the sound is astonishingly good, even by modern standards, and the playing of the London Symphony Orchestra is often daringly brilliant.

Prise dans son ensemble, l'intégrale du vert et luxueux Kertesz prime . . . Le maestro excelle également dans les počmes symphoniques . . . et donne une superbe lecture du "Requiem". Coffret indispensable.

Kertész, avec son sens aigu et lucide de la technique orchestrale, nous offre des lectures intelligentes et exigeantes auxquelles répond avec enthousiasme un Symphonique de Londres en toute grande forme: il ne se contente pas d'exalter les moments de véhémence de ces partitions, mais plus que tout autre, il en restitue les tendres ręveries avec poésie, finesse et subtilité rarement égalées. Toutes ces qualités se retrouvent non seulement dans l'interprétation des autres pages orchestrales, mais également de l'émouvant Requiem op. 89 dont c'est l'une des grandes références . . .