DVORAK Complete Symphonies & Concertos/Belohlávek

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Complete Symphonies & Concertos
Garrick Ohlsson · Alisa Weilerstein
Frank Peter Zimmermann
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jirí Belohlávek
Int. Release 23 Jun. 2014
6 CDs / Download
0289 478 6757 9 6 CDs ADD DX6


Track List

CD 1: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

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

3.
9:16

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104

5.
14:42

Alisa Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:23:31

CD 2: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

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

2.
15:33

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:21:16

CD 3: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.10

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33

Garrick Ohlsson, Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:14:54

CD 4: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

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

1.
12:34

Symphony No.5 in F, Op.76

8.
13:25

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:23:49

CD 5: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60

2.
10:51

Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70

6.
9:51

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:20:37

CD 6: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88

2.
10:43

Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World"

6.
12:45

Czech Philharmonic, Jiri Belohlavek

Total Playing Time: 1:20:29

. . . exceptionally high quality of the performances . . . [a] strong feeling this conductor and orchestra have for Dvorák's music . . . few other orchestras communicate the rhythms and colors of the music as vibrantly and with as much excitement . . . Decca's high-definition sound delivers clean details and close-up presence, so even though these recordings are live, they sound as fine as a studio recording. Highly recommended.

For those who have not yet acquired Alisa Weilerstein's raptly passionate account of the Cello Concerto, here it is again as part of a set of the complete mature symphonies and concertos, which are no less desirable . . . the early symphonies sound as if they are ingrained into the Czech musicians' DNA, as much as the supreme last three masterpieces . . . The playing throughout has a transparency, with wonderfully woody woodwinds, and Belohlavek's affectionate accounts of the "pastoral" Fifth (F major) and the vigorous Sixth (D major) are highlights. So, too, is Frank Peter Zimmermann's unapologetic traversal of the Violin Concerto, while Garrick Ohlsson, in the neglected Piano Concerto, is little short of revelatory. Dvorák's stream of melody is irresistible, and it's hard to imagine more idiomatic performances.

Eine durchaus begeisternde Gesamteinspielung . . . schön und begeisternd . . . Unnachahmlich das slawische, genauer: böhmische Glitzern in den Streichern. Unerreicht die schimmernden, tränenfeucht prickelnden Obertöne, die Feinheit der Bläser und eine Orchesterkonsonanz, die man gleichfalls nur hier so findet . . . Eine besser klingende tschechische Aufnahme dieser Werke gibt es nicht . . . Bei den Konzerten hat man mit der aufstrebenden Alisa Weilerstein, dem amerikanischen Altmeister Garrick Ohlsson und mit Frank-Peter Zimmermann (bei seiner zweiten Aufnahme des Violinkonzerts) eine durchweg originelle Wahl getroffen . . . eine echte Alternative.