George Szell conducts Dvorak & Smetana

 
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George Szell conducts Dvorak & Smetana
The Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, George Szell

[ Sony Classical Masters / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019

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When George Szell died, in 1970, he was revered for having built the Cleveland Orchestra into one of the world's great ensembles in a 24-year tenure that began in 1946, and as an interpreter whose streamlined but high-power readings were rooted in his belief that a composer's intentions were sacrosanct.

"Szell's miraculously detailed and immaculately phrased recording of the complete Slavonic Dances has seldom been out of the catalog... so Szell's characteristically careful way with the percussion can now be heard to better effect right from the very first dance...Sony has come so far to doing [this recording] full sonic justice." ClassicsToday [Dvorak Slavonic Dances]

"George Szell's Dvorák performances feature his customary blend of razor sharp orchestral discipline allied to a wholly idiomatic, singing line...you won't find a more authoritative, urgently exciting, well-played collection of Dvorák's last three symphonies at any price. The remastering has been managed with great care and is wholly successful. Indispensable!" [ClassicsToday Dvorak Symphonies]

Tracks:

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava
Smetana: The Bartered Bride: Three Dances (Polka, Furiant, Skocná - Dance of the Comedians)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' [rec 1952]
Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava