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Dvorak: Slavonic Dances
     

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

by 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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Rob Cowan
Harnoncourt's high energy levels never precludes delicacy, or transprency or even the occasional suggestion of sentiment.... Tempo relations have been thought through to the last semiquaver.... That Harnoncourt loves this music is beyond doubt, and that he understands it is beyond question.
BBC Music Magazine - Jan Smaczny
Harnoncourt's [performances] go straight to the top of my list -- one of the most refreshing recordings I have heard in years.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0685738103829
catalogNumber:
81038

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  1. Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  - Nikolaus Harnoncourt  - Wolfgang Mohr
  2. Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 147 (Op. 72)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  - Nikolaus Harnoncourt  - Wolfgang Mohr

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