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Syms 8/9


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  • Audio CD (April 21 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001GQ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No.8 In G Major, Op.88: 1. Allegro con brio
2. Symphony No.8 In G Major, Op.88: 2. Adagio
3. Symphony No.8 In G Major, Op.88: 3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
4. Symphony No.8 In G Major, Op.88: 4. Allegro, ma non troppo
5. Symphony No.9 In E Minor 'From The New World': 1. Adagio - Allegro molto
6. Symphony No.9 In E Minor 'From The New World': 2. Largo
7. Symphony No.9 In E Minor 'From The New World': 3. Scherzo. Molto vivace
8. Symphony No.9 In E Minor 'From The New World': 4. Allegro con fuoco

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Though the recorded sound quality on this disc is not up to high standards it is good enough to reveal how lovingly and spontaneously Kubelik portrays all that is wonderful in these Dvorak masterpieces. The conductor's affinity for the Dvorakian idiom is undeniable. Just sit back and marvel at the poetry and dynamics Kubelik brings to the glowing Eighth Symphony. His performance of the Ninth is a very sensitive one also. If you really love Dvorak or you want to discover something that will provide you with a welcome spiritual lift, get this cd. I offer more extended comments in my review of DGG's double set which includes Dvorak's Seventh Symphony and works by Smetana, though I do not deal with the latter.
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I think these are two of the best performances you can get of these two great works. Rafael Kubelik's performances are always underrated for some reason, and these this recording makes a strong case for this trend being reversed. I think two of they standout movements. Are the finale of The Eighth Symphony and The Opening Movement of The Ninth. In both these movements a precise amount of playing is mixed with almost flawless attacks to make it very thrilling. The Ninth Symphony First movement has one of the most exciting openings (next to Mahler 5) and It is played very musically with a good amount of rebate. The Largo is very beautiful and of course the finale is hair raising. I would highly recommend getting this disc especially at such a nice price.
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This CD is without a doubt one of the best in my collection. It couples the two greatest of Dvorak's symphonies together on one midpriced CD, and not just any performanced of these symphonies, but the best currently available. The greatest of the romantic, emotional, and nationalistic elements that are found in Dvorak's music are present in these performances, led by Kubelik's amazing baton. Though Karajan refined this orchestra to make it the best in the world, his performances of these symphonies does not compare to those of Kubelik with the BPO. Kubelik shares a common ethnic background with Dvorak, thus he get's a better feel for the "slavic" feelings that permeate the music. The strings whine in the most emotionally stirring of ways. The brass and percussion boom and bang, in perfect balance with each other and the strings. And not only is the performance great, but so is the remastered sound. Though it is a 60's recording, and the quality is not up to par with new digital ones, it is still very good. The best performance of the famous New World symphony coupled with an amazing 8th make this CD a definite can't miss. One listen and you'll be hooked
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First, let me thank Mr. Mautner for his insightful review below. I had recently heard Dvorak's 8th for the first time in a concert by the London Symphony, Sir Colin Davis conducting, and was enthralled by this under-performed masterpiece. Reading the rave reviews here (Karajan-Hurwitz controversy notwithstanding!) coupled with the bargain price I decided it was worth a purchase. Well, I hesitate to say this, but DG could charge twice the price for this and it would be well worth it! These recordings were made 30-odd years ago but sound like they were made yesterday. I've heard few other recordings that approximate the visceral experience of a live orchestral concert as well as this one. And what performances! Kubelik "goes for the gusto" here. This is unashamed, passionate romanticism at its most electrifying. Berlin has never sounded better than here under his baton. If you love the "New World" symphony, you'll adore this -- and learn to adore the Eighth along with it.
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By DabblerArts on April 18 2001
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There's so much depth and color in Kubelik's music making. You always sense such joy and wonder, especially in the ninth.
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I know Mr. Hurvitz' reviews for a long time , he usualy write in the " Deja Vu " site , and , always he intend to show karajan like a monster , a sickeness to the music , he forgot that we need to respect the opinions of the other people , and besides , at the least some facts about Karajan'career need to be reconized ,even if you don't like his way to conducted , for example , I know places far away in my country that you can't find in a map , where the records of Karajan could arrive , and show to this people classical music , a thing that they never ever listen before , wheter or not this records are good , in my opinion this kind of things are an incomparable contribution to this kind of music . In my personal opinion you can't find a orchestra that had the sound of the berliner philarmoniker in the second half of 20th century , and Kubelik was selfconfidence in this repertory , no doubt that it's an strong interpretation , but if you ask me " what's my record of this music? " , I will say C.M.Giulini/Philarmonia , for many reasons , this record has a good price ( EMI-double-cd) good sound , and exhale life , but if someone wants Karajan , give Karajan , don't try to inflict your opinion to the other.
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