Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, Leonard Bernstein|
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
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Not quite right, but great fun
SwissDave | Switzerland | 02/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had some fun comparing Dvorák 9ths lately. My favourite four are/remain the same, in ascending order: Bernstein/NYP (1962) takes the Largo too slowly (admittedly to great effect), then the Scherzo at a breakneck pace (impressively but unnecessarily so, I'm afraid), a fun reading, well-executed and -recorded. Fricsay/BPO (1959) is broad, dramatic, weighty, well-played and -recorded. Ancerl/CPO (1961) sounds the most Czech and idiomatic of all, a lithe, lean and agile reading whose sound quality comes out very well in the most recent remasterings (also available as XRCD). Kertész/VPO (1961) brings together the best qualities of them all, and still sounds great in the latest Japanese remastering (also available as Esoteric SACD hybrid, which I haven't heard yet), and remains my top favourite (but I like interpretive variety, which one will get on the highest quality level owning all four of these recordings). The Kertész/LSO (1966) sounds curiously "flat" (as others have observed here and elsewhere) in comparison, too much of a déjà vu perhaps, but it's still in the league (or close) of other good recordings, such as those by Horenstein, Kubelik, Neumann, Reiner, Szell and Talich.
Great remastering, by the way, probably the best this recording has got so far. Wholeheartedly recommended, albeit not as an only version. Nice fillers (other Dvorák 9ths come without any), by the way, with the 1965 Carnival Overture possibly my favourite recording of the piece.
Greetings from Switzerland, David."