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Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 & Op.72


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1. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.1 in C: Presto
2. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.2 in e: Allegretto Scherzando
3. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.3 in D: Allegretto Scherzando
4. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.4 in F: Tempo Di Menuetto
5. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.5 in A: Allegro Vivace
6. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.6 in A flat: Poco Allegro
7. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.7 in c: Allegro Assai
8. Slavonic Dances, Op.46: No.8 in g: Presto
9. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.1 in B: Molto Vivace
10. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.2 in e: Allegretto Grazioso
11. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.3 in F: Allegro
12. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.4 in D flat: Allegretto Grazioso
13. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.5 in b flat: Poco Adagio
14. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.6 in B flat: Moderato
15. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.7 in C: Presto
16. Slavonic Dances, Op.72: No.8 in A flat: Lento Grazioso, Quasi Tempo Di Valse

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  • Composer: Antonín Dvorák
  • Audio CD (November 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000E490
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Braid on January 21, 2010
The Labeque sisters are a borderline phenomenon. Child proteges, they each matured into emotionally deep, sophisticated, and technically astounding world-lcass performers. Their extensive discography attests to this. If you don't own a recording of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, you should; and if you already own an orchestral version, you should own this disc anyway--they take on a new creative and spontaneous life in the hands of the Labeque sisters.

Much better known in their orchestral versions, each of the Slavonic Dances has its own temperament, evoking some Czeck dance rhythm or vignette. They range widely in tempos, dynamics, and moods from the brooding E minor (op. 72, #2) to the dreamy and piognant (op. 72, #8); festive (op. 46 No. 1; op. 72 #1); genteel (op. 72 #3); and fast and furious (op 46, #8).

In a sequential presentation of these works, one experiences and appreciates Dvorak's mastery as a composer (and, is listening to an orchestral version, as an orchestrator) and his trajectory from the relatively more simplisitc op. 46 dances to the more sophisticate op. 72 dances. Though their pianos lack the textures of oboes, clarinets, cellos, and the rest of the orchestral milieu, these pieces are wonderfully suited for pianos. The Labeques play like a symphony, shifting colors and textures, balancing and blending. With an ensemble of two, the Labeques take artistic license with rubato and tempos of which no orchestra would be capabale. When Dvorak marks a tempo change, the Labeques can surpise you without warning or subtly lull you into the new mood. Juxtaposing moods, tempos and colors in these technically demanding peices, the Labeques' artistry is fully manifest in these recordings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timberline on January 1, 2011
This must be the most electrifying performance I've heard of anything, ever -- and electrifying is not a word one usually associates with the Slavonic Dances.

For a decade or more, Philips distributed this recording only in Europe. Grab it while you can!

Beyond electrifying, it is by turns joyous, playful and almost unbearably wistful. You will seldom if ever find such a range of moods so masterfully expressed.

There is scarcely a single static tempo in the entire performance. The Labeque sisters seem to tease, feint, race, and chase each other across Dvorak's pages like (pardon the imagery) two of the happiest, most rambunctious dogs you've ever seen playing catch-me-if-you-can in a sunny park on an early autumn day. And yet there are thoughtful, plaintive, and somber moods as well.

After listening to this recording for years, I think I can honestly say that it has taught me more about temporal/rhythmic expression and control than all my decades of formal study of piano performance, even those I spent in one of the nation's premier university music departments. It quadruple-handedly kindled my own interest in duo performance.

Did Dvorak really envision anything quite this flamboyant, exuberant, even hyper-romantic? One suspects . . . not . . . quite. And yet how might he react to hearing this performance? I'm tempted to guess he would exclaim, "Yeehaw! Hell, yes! Now THAT's what I was talkin' about!"

If you listen really carefully, you may hear in the background a "whale song" or two at one point. Apart from that, the technical qualities of the recording are as outstanding as the artistry.

This CD has truly been a neglected milestone of pianistic performance.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hamid Moham on July 4, 2011
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It's been very illuminating when I listen to the piano & orchestral versions side by side, one dance at a time. There are wonderful colors which are revealed only by comparison & contrast. The only problem is the uneven balance of sound on this CD. One moment it's very quiet & very loud the next. So you need to balance it rather more carefully. Not too much of a problem. Highly recommended for Dvorak fans.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael thomas mailey on August 2, 2013
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THIS CD sounds nice.The piano version here sounds nice.But the version for orchestra sounds much better to me.This is quite interesting.
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