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Dvorak:  Very Best Of
Various, Dvorak
Dvorak: Very Best Of
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2


      
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J Scott Morrison | Middlebury VT, USA | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 2CD compilation set is being offered at a budget price and includes many of Dvorák's most famous works, or at least excerpts from them. All of them derive from the back-catalog of the Naxos label and although some of the performances are by artists or groups not necessarily world-famous, there is not a weak performance to be found here.

I particularly liked, on CD1, the Vlach Quartet's playing of the third movement of Dvorák's 'American' String Quartet, the lilting third movement of his Symphony No. 8 played by Stephen Gunzenhauser and the Slovak Philharmonic, and the third movement of the 'Dumky' Piano Trio. I melted at Jana Valaskova's performance of 'O Silver Moon' from Dvorak's opera, 'Rusalka.'

On CD2, highlights include Maria Kliegel playing the second movement from the Cello Concerto, the first movement of the Wind Serenade (played by members of the Oslo Philharmonic), the finale of the Piano Quintet with a vastly underrated pianist, Ivan Klánský, and the Vlach Quartet. The Largo from the 'New World' Symphony (the 'Going Home' movement) is given a radiant reading.

Given the budget pricing and the never less than excellent performances, this is a true winner, particularly for those who want to familiarized themselves with the broad range of Dvorák's music.

Scott Morrison"