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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, New World Symphony [Super Audio CD - DSD]

Antonin Dvorak , Leonard Bernstein , New York Philharmonic Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000K4IJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a difference June 23, 2001
This is my first SACD (except for the demo that ships with the Sony player). I already own a CD of this piece (not by Bernstein) that I had only lukewarm feelings about so I was using this new SACD as a test of both Bernstein and the new media.
This experiment has taught me two things. Both Bernstein and the SACD format make a difference, but it is the SACD format that surprised me (I already expected great things of Bernstein). I must admit that when I originally bought my SACD player I really did not think this new format would be that audibly different, after all CD enthusiasts always claimed that the human ear could not hear the subtleties of the extra detail that was missing. Well, I am here to say that they are wrong.
This SACD was a revelation especially in the more dramatic portions of the piece. To put it simply, a CD cannot capture the essence of fingernails on blackboard, SACDs can. The violins and brass drill into your skull in a way the a CD never can.
Bernstein's interpretation was marvelous. It has a very up tempo edgy quality that was astonishing. I especially loved the brass in the 4th movement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome SACD October 30, 2001
This is Leonard Bernstein and the NY symphony orchestra in top form. Mr. Bernstein's reading is interesting and the third movement of this symphony is among the fastest, most dramatic playing I have ever heard.The sound of this SACD is very big and bold that will kick you out of your listening chair.Also, you can hear the sense of the hall's acoustic, the breath of the orchestra and the hall's vibration which is fantastic. It is a demonstration quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Recording January 5, 2009
Its special qualities haven't dimmed a bit in the four decades since it was recorded, and every interpretive decision comes across with the inevitability of fate itself. First, you get the first-movement exposition repeat (very unusual for its time), then there's the very slow (but still very flowing) Largo, gorgeously played and far from the trudge-fest. The scherzo goes like the wind, the fastest ever, and the finale offers simply the last word in excitement. There's no such thing as a "definitive" recording, but if there were, this one would come close to that imagined ideal - brighter, more present, with a sharper rhythmic kick.
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