DVORAK  Complete Symphonies / Kertész

ANTONIN DVORAK

Complete Symphonies
Tone Poems ˇ Overtures ˇ Requiem
London Symphony Orchestra
István Kertész
Int. Release 11 Nov. 2016
9 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio


Track List

CD 1: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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: 1:10:48

CD 2: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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: 1:13:39

CD 3: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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: 1:20:21

CD 4: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.6 In D Major, Op.60, B.112

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11:36

Symphony No.7 in D Minor, Op.70, B.141

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:23:05

CD 5: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op.88, B.163

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10:03

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178, "From the New World"

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12:29

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:19:08

CD 6: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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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11:18

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

Total Playing Time: 1:12:31

CD 7: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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: 1:21:26

CD 8: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:01:17

CD 9: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 59:43

BR 10: Dvorák: Complete Symphonies,Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem

Antonín Dvo?ák (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

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

Symphony No.4 in D Minor, Op.13, B.41

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12:43

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

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

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11:33

Symphony No.7 in D Minor, Op.70, B.141

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

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9:59

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

Requiem, Op.89, B.165

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

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5:08

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

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2:08

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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6:12

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11:14

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5:58

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5:12

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10:49

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: 10:59:35

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.

Kertesz's complete cycle of the Dvorák symphonies is still the best available interpretively and sonically . . . All nine of his Dvorák symphonies clearly rank at or near the top of the leader board . . . Kertesz's general approach is dynamic and propulsive, but never at the cost of suppressing the warmth and freshness of Dvorák's melodies . . . but he also captures the natural swing or lilt that is never far from the surface in nearly all of Dvorák's music. This is large-scaled Dvorák that can easily compete with the internationalized (as opposed to Czech) approaches of virtuoso conductors . . . ln a symphony cycle with no losers, Kertesz's Sixth and Eighth are the two best performances. The opening of the Sixth is typical of Kertesz's approach, as it builds to the climactic statement of Dvorák's gorgeous theme with a mesmerizing lilt that has never been matched . . . [the Eighth] is an ideal combination of energy and soaring lyricism. Both interpretations are white hot without overdriving Dvorák's seemingly endless melodies . . . As good as the symphonies are, the Requiem, overtures, and tone poems may be even better. Dvorák's Requiem is an underrated work and it doesn't play itself, bur Kertesz's impassioned interpretation proves to be a powerful experience . . . Kertesz's irreplaceable Dvorák recordings never sounded this good . . . In fact, anyone who seriously cares about the music of Dvorák should own this indispensable complete Kertesz Dvorák collection.

. . . le grand cycle Dvorak bouclé par Istvan Kertesz ŕ Londres est le plus exaltant. A découvrir ou redécouvrir, car ce grand classique nous revient somptueusement emboité et "lifté" . . . unanimité couronnait la premičre intégrale des symphonies, et qu'un demi-sičcle aprčs, aucun cycle rival ne l'a détrônée . . . Cette somme a d'autres atouts pour amadouer le mélomane . . . [la spontanéité virtuose] émane de chaque page, et distingue ce Dvorak . . . le remastering rehausse les prodiges réalisés sous sa supervision . . .

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 . . .