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Dvorak: The 9 Symphonies Box set, Collector's Edition


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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice" - 1. Maestoso - AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker13:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice" - 2. Adagio di moltoBerliner Philharmoniker11:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice" - 3. AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice" - 4. Finale (Allegro animato)Berliner Philharmoniker13:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 1. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker10:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 2. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabileBerliner Philharmoniker12:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro feroce)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.13 - 4. Finale (Allegro con brio)Berliner Philharmoniker 9:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 1. Allegro con motoBerliner Philharmoniker13:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 2. Poco adagioBerliner Philharmoniker15:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)Berliner Philharmoniker13:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, Op.4 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)Berliner Philharmoniker11:36$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 1. Allegro moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker11:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 2. Adagio molto, tempo di marciaBerliner Philharmoniker17:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.10 - 3. Finale (Allegro vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 1. Allegro, ma non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker13:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 2. Andante con motoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 3. Andante con moto - Allegro scherzandoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.5 In F, Op.76 - 4. Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker12:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 1. Allegro non tantoBerliner Philharmoniker13:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 2. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker11:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 In D, Op.60 - 4. Finale (Allegro con spirito)Berliner Philharmoniker11:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Scherzo capriccioso, Op.66Rafael Kubelik12:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 1. Allegro maestosoBerliner Philharmoniker11:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 2. Poco adagioBerliner Philharmoniker 9:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 3. Scherzo (Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.7 In D Minor, Op.70 - 4. Finale (Allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker 9:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88, B. 163 - 1. Allegro con brioBerliner Philharmoniker 9:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88, B. 163 - 2. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker10:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88, B. 163 - 3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 6:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 In G, Op.88, B. 163 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:46$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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listen  1. Dvorák: Carnival Overture, Op.92Rafael Kubelik 8:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dvorák: The Wood Dove, Op.110Rafael Kubelik18:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World" - 1. Adagio - Allegro moltoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World" - 2. LargoBerliner Philharmoniker13:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World" - 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B.178 - "From The New World" - 4. Allegro con fuocoBerliner Philharmoniker11:49$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Composer: Antonín Dvorák
  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000025802
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

A really good set to compare this one to.
Charles Emmett
I can't even critique the performances because it sounds like the microphones were left in a cardboard box during the sessions.
Hafharhrhr Amalmahay
Every conductor and every orchestra, along with every sound engineer is going to put his personal stamp on any interpretation.
bianchi virata

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first started seriously collecting classical music, I tended to avoid box sets. As part of my classical music self-education, I wanted to buy recordings by various respected performers, conductors and orchestras in an attempt to understand how performances and styles differ. Of course, even back then I made some exceptions -- the Borodin Complete Shostakovich String Quartets, Rudolf Kempe's Complete Recordings of Strauss' Orchestral Works, Toscanini's Beethoven Symphony Cycle, and this Dvorak Cycle by Rafael Kubelik. My original reason for purchasing this title was threefold. First, I adored Kubelik's recording of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances on DG, so he seemed the perfect choice for Dvorak's Symphonies. Second, unlike Beethoven or Mahler, there were not numerous single-disc Dvorak symphony performances available, particularly for the early symphonies. Third, the value was and continues to be amazing. But if the music isn't good, then no matter how inexpensive the title is, it's no value at all. Well, rest assured these performances are amazing. For example, I still find this to be the single best performance of the 9th Symphony (From The New World), more magical than legendary accounts by Reiner, Szell, Fricsay and Paray. However, it was the early symphonies that were the initial treat for me -- particularly the 2nd and the 4th. If you are not prepared to purchase the cycle, you can always get the very same versions of the 7th, 8th, 9th and "The Wood Dove" on a DG two-fer, or the 8th and 9th on the DG Originals disc. But if you love Dvorak, the whole cycle is the one to buy.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rafael Kubelik was one of our foremost interpreters of Dvorak and other great Czech composers such as Smetana and Janacek. His critically acclaimed 1960's Dvorak symphony Deutsche Grammophon cycle was reissued several years ago as a budget-priced collection. Although the price may still be a bit steep for some, it is still worth acquiring as one of the best Dvorak symphony cycles available; both Grammophone and Penguin classical CD guides still regard it as definitive. All of these performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra are lush, warm and brilliant; most notable are the exciting, lyrical accounts of the last three symphonies. Yet Kubelik's readings of the other symphonies are just as vibrant. Speaking of his account of the "New World" 9th Symphony, it remains one of the great performances, ranking alongside those I have heard from the likes of Abbado, Harnoncourt, Masur, and Maazel. If price is a major consideration, you may consider getting the two CD set which has Kubelik's readings of the last three symphonies; otherwise, by all means, you should acquire this fine collection of the entire Dvorak symphony cycle.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Charles Emmett on April 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I recently, actually just before purchasing this set, received Vaclav Neumann's set with the Czech Philharmonic. A really good set to compare this one to. I also have had, over the years, different performances of the late symphonies with, Ormandy, Szell, Sawallisch, Walter and Carlo Maria Giulini. When it comes to lush sound and playing, nothing tops the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was the first time that I had a chance to listen, side by side, the 7th, 8th and 9th. But, I must say overall this set is truly magnificent. In fact Maestro Kubelik's reading of the 2nd symph. helped me to understand the work. Neumann, although wonderfully played by the Czech orchestra, somehow couldn't bring across the meaning of the work to me, along with the strings sounding like they were in another building somewhere.
To me, all of Dvorak's sympyhonies are a set of tone poems that are molded together through a cyclic theme that pops up here and there. They are all so beautiful and magical and powerful, yet seem to weave together into a beautiful whole that can be called a symphony.
My favorites used to be the 1st, 4th, 7th,8th and 9th. Now, because of the maestro's reading, the second and a deeper love of the fourth. Infact, I want to add that the second may be the composers best work. Very creative and spontaneous but beautiful and powerful at the same time. The slow movent of the fourth maybe one of the most beautiful slow movements of any symphony ever composed.
His readings of the 3rd, 5th, and 6th are superior also. In a critique I wrote for the Neumann set I said that the strings were so poorly miked that it took away from his readings and the Kubelik readings magnify this tremendously.
The Berlin Philharmonic is wonderful in this set.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bianchi virata on May 19, 2009
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Being of Czech & Slovak heritage, I revere and adore Antonin Dvorak. As a used record store owner, I had access to unlimited versions of his symphonic works, and own many many many single disk recordings, and in addition own both the Kertesz & the Kubelik cycles.

Why insist one is better than the other? I can tell you that Kertesz' gets my Bohemian blood coursing merrily through my veins, while Kubelik's makes my heart sing like a nightingale.

And then there's the stunning 8th done by Carlo Maria Giulini and the CSO on DG back in 1979. It violates every rule of Slavic symphony interpretation, particularly in Giulini's characteristically laid back tempi. The final movement is about half the speed of Kertesz! But the attention to inner voicing and detail, combined with the (at that time) unmatched virtuosity of the CSO, and the sublime sonic quality of the DG recording allow it to stand on its own as a valid intepretation.

Every conductor and every orchestra, along with every sound engineer is going to put his personal stamp on any interpretation. The urge to rate them comparatively is almost irresistible, but let's not criticize what we don't understand, and get in the way of people's decisions on what to listen to!
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