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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70 - 1. Allegro maestoso10:37Album Only
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listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70 - 3. Scherzo (Vivace) 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70 - 4. Finale (Allegro) 8:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 1. Allegro con brio10:13Album Only
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 2. Adagio10:37Album Only
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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World" - 1. Adagio - Allegro molto 9:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World" - 2. Largo11:47Album Only
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listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World" - 4. Allegro con fuoco11:40Album Only
listen  5. Dvorák: Scherzo capriccioso, Op.6612:51Album Only


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  • Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dohnanyi
  • Composer: Dvorak
  • Audio CD (June 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042EI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dvor´k's last three symphonies deserve every ounce of their popularity. Although the Eighth and Ninth are virtually ubiquitous, the greatest by common consent is the Seventh, which the composer wrote in the wake of having heard Brahms's Third Symphony (which was in turn influenced by Dvorák's Fifth). The friendship between Brahms and Dvorák was one of the most interesting artistic relationships in musical history, comparable only to that between Mozart and Haydn. Brahms, for his part, was clearly thinking of Dvorák's Seventh when he wrote his own Fourth Symphony, and actually corrected the publisher's proofs of Dvorák's Ninth when his friend, who was stuck in New York, was unable to. The Cleveland Orchestra has a great tradition of performance in both Brahms and Dvorák, inculcated by the incomparable George Szell, whose recordings of these three symphonies are also available. If you're looking for digital sound, you'll find that Szell's high standards have been admirably maintained by Dohnanyi and the orchestra. --David Hurwitz

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The sound quality and execution is top rate.
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This is a wonderful performance of the great symphonies by Dvorak.
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She loved this album so what can I say it's great.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on December 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After having listened to these interpretations of Dvorak's most famous symphonies, I can't go back to my old ones anymore. Granted, I'm a big fan of Dohnanyi's "straightforward approach," but it really does prove to be the right way to go here. I'm particularly taken with the Ninth, which many conductors take ridiculous liberties with to try to give it their seal of individuality. Dohnanyi correctly realizes that the individuality is already inherent the music and blazes straight ahead, and the results are fantastic--much like the classic Szell recording, but with even more fire. Try to find another recording of the Ninth whose outer movements are as drivingly vehement as these--or whose Largo movement is such a smooth, lyrical whisper. In contrast, the Eighth is exuberant all the way through, and the Seventh is as moody and poetic as it needs to be--although again, Dohnanyi distinguishes himself by not allowing the symphony to slip into either melodrama or hysteria, two easy pitfalls. There's a lot of competition out there for all three of these symphonies, so on some level the choice comes down to personal preference--but I guarantee you can't go wrong with these. Buy this set if you're tired of odd tempo and dynamic variations and you just want to hear pure Dvorak, played with meticulous precision and unquenchable energy. That's what you'll get.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Zinkl on April 7, 2001
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I'd wager that there are individual recordings of these works that surpass these performances. Then again, maybe not!
The one performance to beat in this set is the 7th. Dohnanyi and the incredible Clevelanders perform it to perfection, with an almost perfect interpretation.
For the ninth, there is a lot of competition, but what Dohnanyi has that the vast majority of recordings do not is a freshness to the performance. Dohnanyhi's straightforward approach works very well here.
The eighth is perhaps the lesser light of the set, but that hardly says anything, since it, too, is excellent, and ranks as one of my top three favorites (Walter is #1, Macal and Milwaukee and Dohnanyi tie for #2). If you want to check out some incredible playing and to get an adrenalin rush, check out the finale.
The playing, needless to say, is exceptional. Beautiful string sound, although not lush as, for example Boston, Philly (in there peaks under Munch/Leinsdorf or Stokowski/Ormandy, respectively), and the precision of execution, as usual, is outstanding.
The recorded sound, as for so many of the London/Decca recordings in Cleveland, is outstanding.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jason Quintana on August 13, 2000
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David Hurwitz has some fairly bogus reviews here, and tends to be biased against certain performers. Still, he's done a good job here at Amazon pointing out good recordings and couplings that I might tend to flip past at a music store or... scroll past here at Amazon. This one is a real gem, and an excellent value.
The Cleveland Orchestra rarely makes a bad recording. Their sound tends to be "lean", in that individual detail is the goal. There is still a certain warmth to the playing on this recording, and a level of folkyness. Here we have Dvorak's best symphony (the 7th), his most creative symphony (the 8th) and his most exciting symphony (the 9th) all played with a consistant level of flair and wonderful interpretation. I think this might actually be my favorite reading of the 7th symphony and the filler on the second disc, the Scherzo capriccioso has always been one of my favorites. I'll be coming back to this set for sure.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Lu on August 5, 2002
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I'm extremely glad that I bought this. I wasn't familiar with Dvorak's symphonies other than the popular 9th before I had a chance to listen to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play his 8th, which just absolutely blew me away in the concert. SLSO did a great job and I hope they'll make a recording of the 8th. Anyway, it was the topnotch excitement the 4th movement of the 8th that made me want to hear more for the very first time. I spent a lot of time reading the reviews of the different recordings available because I wanted to make sure that I'd get the best recording for the fabulous 8th, so I got this. The playing is wonderful, just like what other reviewers said. And I was happy to discover yet another great symphony of Dvorak's--the 7th. I listen to the 8th almost everyday and now I listen to the 7th a lot. In fact, I don't really listen to the 9th, don't know why. I find that the atmosphere the 7th and the 8th (especially) generate is more addictive than that the 9th create. Anyway, Dvorak's 8th is a must-have for people who are into classical music as well as those who are not, because I'm sure that people who are not into classical music would still find this piece a gem.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By King Lemuel on May 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I just listened to Kubelik's Deutsche Grammophon complete cycle (an analog to digital conversion) and this set by Dohnanyi/ Cleveland Orchestra. I like Kubelik's set (especially since it has the earlier symphonies), but I really like the sound on the Dohnanyi set.

If you are interested in doing a side by side comparison between a pretty good analog recording and a tremendous DDD recording of the same music, these are wonderful candidates. About the best analogy I can give on the differences would be office copier paper. Our office routinely uses 90 brightness paper and one day we had a ream of 110 brightness slipped in. I did not realize how dull the 90 was until I saw the 110. Kubelik's are the 90 brightness. You WILL hear the 110 brightness in the Cleveland set.

As far as performances go, the Cleveland Orchestra nails these symphonies big time. They are great fun to listen to and to crank the volume up on. It is nice to see that the Cleveland Orchestra has maintained its world class orchestral status in the years since Mr. Szell passed away.
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