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Dvořák
Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op.45 – No.1 in D; No.2 in G minor; No.3 in A flat
Slavonic Dances, Op.46 [Complete]
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur [Rhapsodies]

Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Karel Ančerl

Recorded in August 1985 (Rhapsodies) and February 1958
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2448
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
If not as familiar as his Slavonic Dances, Dvořák’s three, and substantial, Slavonic Rhapsodies memorably evoke the Bohemian landscape and civilisation in warm-hearted and mellifluous music on which Masur and the cultured Leipzig orchestra lavishes much care, beautifully recorded. Ančerl’s Slavonic Dances are (surprisingly, for 1958) in mono sound, but this is no suppresser of fiery, unsentimental and bosky readings.

 

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