Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Dvorak, Rpo, Rodzinski|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
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Sparkling Performances of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances
T. Beers | Arlington, Virginia United States | 06/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here's another welcome Deutsche Grammophon reissue from the American Westminster catalog of the early '50s. Elsewhere I've reviewed another Rodzinski recording in this series, a 2-CD set containing fabulous performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet and the Fourth Symphony. In that review I bemoaned the fact that few of Rodzinski's recordings are left in the catalogue. It now appears that DG is planning to release on 24-Bit remastered CDs all the performances Rodzinski recorded for Westminster (originally, about 10 Lps altogether). That's wonderful news because these are some of the best Rodzinski productions ever. (The next scheduled release in 2002 will include another 2-CD set containing nonpareil performances of Tchaikovsky 5 and 6 and the Dvorak "New World," plus a disc of Kodaly.) As for this CD of the Dvorak Slavonic Dances (both sets, Opp 46 and 72), suffice it to say that Rodzinski's achievement is on a level with other classic recordings by George Szell (Sony), Rafael Kubelik (DG) and Vaclav Neumann (Telefunken or Supraphon), which is another way of saying it stands among the very best recorded performances this music has ever received. Rodzinski had a knack for producing propulsive, rhythmically sparkling performances that never sound frantic or rushed. Moreover, his careful attention to articulation, voicing and orchestral balances ensures that you hear an altogether astonishing amount of orchestral detail, even when (as here) the recordings are mono. In fact, as the other reviewer notes, sound quality on this Dvorak CD is completely first-rate: vibrant and colorful, with an almost three-dimensional sense of solidity and presence. If you have even a modicum of interest in Dvorak, you should hear these performances; once you do, they will become favorites. So welcome back, Maestro Rodzinski .... it's good to hear from you again!"