Dvorak: Slavonic Dances from Opp. 46 & 72; Czech Suite; Nocturne

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak
LABELS: Decca Ovation
WORKS: Slavonic Dances from Opp. 46 & 72; Czech Suite; Nocturne
PERFORMER: RPO/Detroit SO/Antal Dorati
CATALOGUE NO: 436 476-2 DDD (1981/84)
Dvorák in brilliant and reflective mood. The famous pieces need no introduction, the unfamiliar no special pleading. This is an attractive compilation with good early digital recordings. If I have a reservation, maybe it’s that Dorati doesn’t always seem committed enough, particularly in the dance numbers. To my ears, partial to Czech orchestral sound and echt style, I also wonder how truly compatible is Dvorák’s rustic Bohemian charm and idiosyncratic rubato with urban Anglo-American-Hungarian high gloss.Ates Orga

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