Sony has done well to reissue these recordings of Dvorak's best known and loved symphonies, given wonderful treatment by Szell and his well-drilled Cleveland Orchestra. These are recordings to treasure and hear again and again. Szell proves once again to be one of the finest Dvorak interpreters of the twentieth century. The lilting rhythym of the strings at the start of the second movement "Poco Adagio" of the Seventh symphony are really something to hear. The gorgeous, opulent string tone that dominates the third movement of the Eighth symphony can almost sweep you away in its beauty, and the furious rush to the end of the final movement is as amazing for the technical demands it must have placed on the players as it is for power to thrill. Here I am reminded that EMI has reissued Szell's other fine recording of the Eighth from 1970-this recording from 1958 is by no means of inferior sound quality and I think it is a better performance. The Ninth here is again from 1958 and is also very successful if not as well recorded in my opinion. The bonus tracks here, the Carnival Overture, the Bartered Bride Overture and Szell's own orchestral version of Smetana's "From My Life" Quartet are more than just fillers. They are all highly enjoyable in their own right, as I don't think I've heard Carnival and the Bartered Bride played with so much energy and life. Although Sony has done wonders for the sound, as one might expect it is not immaculate. The final few bars of the Allegro con brio from the Eighth seem to become a little distant and somewhat faint and there are some parts of the Ninth where some of the brass and timpani seem to be far away. These are small reservations in the end, although if you are looking for a modern recording in fine digital sound and solid performances I recommend the Dohnanyi with the Cleveland Orchestra on Decca. However, I will treasure these Szell recordings.