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  Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, Smetana etc. - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
  Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, Carnival Overture, Dances, Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture, Moldau

Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
  Single Layer
Recording type:
Recording info:
  SRGR757 in Japan.

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Reviews: 2

Review by PureAudio August 23, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
With this disc you can hear why Szell was a master. His devotion and commitment created a masterpiece. I got this disc primarily because of Smetana´s Moldau. For my personal taste I don´t like every track on the disc but the remaining 35min of music are sheer pleasure.

It´s really sad to hear that the original tape from the early 60s deteriorated this far. Yes there is a hiss and the orchestra is not that clear. This resulted in a stereo SACD with below average sonics. Nonetheless I still recommend it.

PRO: Great performance
CON: Original material limited the sonics

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Review by Ed T January 27, 2003 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I love this disc. Best performances I've ever heard of the Dvorak 7th, Carnival Overture, The Moldau and Dances from the Bartered Bride. Ok, supposedly Talich and the CPO were better in an ancient recording not likely to appear on SACD.

Again, we have Szell, master of this idiom with one of the world's greatest orchestras in its prime. Caveats? Well, yes. The Seventh is from a 1960 recording and isn't up to the sound on the Carnival or Moldau. So does anyone care? Well, I do for the rating. Obviously 5 for the performances. The sound on the 7th and Bartered Bride Overture are a bit lacking. As bad as a 3?

If your interest is sonics buy this for Carvival, The Moldau and Bartered Bride Dances. Wonderful music, wonderfully played in excellent sound. As a bonus, you'll get the best modern Dvorak 7th.

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Works: 4  

Antonin Dvorak - Carnival Overture, B. 169 Op. 92
Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 in D minor, B. 141 Op. 70
Bedrich Smetana - Má Vlast (My Fatherland), JB 1:112
Bedrich Smetana - The Bartered Bride, JB 1:100