Dvorak: Slavonic Dancesby Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt has completely rethought Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. Some of the tempos he's chosen are untraditional, but in terms of clarity of articulation and attention to orchestral color, there is a freshness here that helps to renew one's appreciation for these popular showpieces. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe once again display their collective virtuosity, and Teldec's sound quality is clear, warm, and wide-ranging. This version is probably too idiosyncratic to be the primary recommendation -- though the idiosyncrasies are delightful -- and Szell (Sony) or Mackerras (Supraphon) would make a safer bet for those who are not yet familiar with these tuneful charmers. But those who have already fallen under this music's spell owe it to themselves to hear Harnoncourt and the COE's affectionate, vibrant interpretations. Think of it as a second honeymoon.
- Release Date:
- Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46) - Antonin Dvorák - Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Wolfgang Mohr
- Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 147 (Op. 72) - Antonin Dvorák - Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Wolfgang Mohr
Performance CreditsNikolaus Harnoncourt Primary Artist
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