Dvorak: Dimitrij

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak
LABELS: Supraphon
ALBUM TITLE: Dvorak – Dimitrij
WORKS: Dimitrij
PERFORMER: Prague Philharmonic Choir & Radio ChorusCzech Philharmonic OrchestraGerd Albrecht
CATALOGUE NO: SU 3793-2
Despite its billing,

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this well-recorded

reissue of the

second of Dvo?ák’s

three grand operas

– its plot a virtual sequel to Boris

Godunov – is not quite complete,

although it almost presents the

opera’s first version intact (Dvo?ák

made extensive revisions after the

premiere). Gerd Albrecht supplies a

mostly convincing reading, but as it

is not based on a staged performance,

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it often lacks real drama. Jan Smaczny