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Symphony 8 & 9 New World [Original recording remastered]

H. Karajan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 16, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0009NDKX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. I. Allegro Con Brio
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegretto Grazioso
4. IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
5. I. Adagio - Allegro Molto
6. II. Largo
7. III. Scherzo: Molto Vivace
8. IV. Allegro Con Fuoco

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on D8 November 5, 2010
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Make no mistake: the remastering has cleaned up these recordings no end. Both of them now sound state of the art.

While few would quarrel with Herbie's take on the New World Symphony, the earlier work is more controversial. Sure, if you like a Dvorak Eighth with plenty of autumnal colours, look elsewhere. But this version offers, in a way, an Ein Heldenleben approach to this sturdy symphony (Herbie in 'Crush, Kill Destroy' Mode is always great fun); when combined with the 'saturated fat' sonorities of the Berlin Phil (then at the zenith of their powers), it works in spades for those with the ears to hear.

Who says that the Eighth has to be a valediction or versperal in pitch?

All in all, this is great fun and a fine investment of your money and time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for Karajan's best Dvorak February 15, 2008
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For a long time I had no idea how genial, powerful, and convincing Karajan could be with Dvorak, because I started out with this pairing of the 8th and 9th on EMI. Karajan left DG in the Seventies over contract disputes. EMI had been his original home from 1947, when he was discovered surviving without an orchestra in the rubble of postwar Vienna, until he drifted away from the Philharmonia Orch. in the early Sixties. His return to the label brought some great things, particularly in opera, but also some perfunctory, at times coarse orchestral accounts.

This Dvorak 8th is without affection, and the Berlin brass cuts with too much of a serrrated edge. Karajan's lack of feeling shows thoughout, and although the execution is world-class (what else could we expect?), there's something nerve-wracking in the conductor's push to get things over with. You'd never anticipate his loving autumnal reading with the Vienna Phil. that was to come in 1985 (available from DG in their Karajan Forever series). The newly remastered sound has worked out well, but the whole enterprise feels overblown and indifferent at the same time.

The "New World" doesn't miss the spirit of the work by quite so much, and in fact it resembles both of Karajan's other versions, one dating from 1964 in Berlin, the other from 1985 in Vienna (both DG), not touching on a Decca account I haven't heard. His interpretation really didn't alter over the years except by half a minute here or there. I wouldn't downgrade the EMI account if the other two weren't better recorded and played with more real personality. This one is machine made, a straight-ahead performance on a big scale and little more.

I'm glad that I eventually got around to Karajan's other Dvorak.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dvorak played to the max. October 8, 2013
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music played very intensely.his Vienna 8 th. on decca is the best performance.also,his 1960's performance on d.g. is the best to my ears.if you want your dvorak with no lyricism then this is the disc for you.vienna 8 th. is available with 96 kHz.-24 bit remastering.berlin 9 th. also available with same remastering on Karajan collection series.do not hesitate to check these other recordings out.long live Herbert von Karajan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!last,the c.d. recorded here was in the philharmonie.sound much more natural on the other 2 c.d.'s.why?recorded in the Vienna sofiensaal and jesus-christus-kirche,berlin.hope this will help you in your selection.
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