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DVORAK, A.: Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 and 72 / Carnival Overture (Talich) (1935)

Composer(s):Dvorak, Antonin
Artist(s) Talich, Vaclav, Conductor • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.111331
Label Naxos Historical
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For almost forty years the name of Václav Talich was synonymous with the great orchestra he conducted, the Czech Philharmonic. When he made these records in November 1935, he was at the height of his career as the most charismatic Czech conductor in history. The orchestra’s autumn London visits, beginning in 1935, were eagerly awaited events, not least by the HMV technicians at Abbey Road Studios, where the art of 78rpm recording had been brought to its peak. The Slavonic Dances give Talich the chance to show the full panoply of his skills in subtlety of rhythm and orchestral colour. In Carnival, the strings’ natural portamento lends lovely curves to the second theme, while in the quiet interlude the delicately rustic Czech woodwinds come into

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

For almost thirty years the name of Vaclav Talich and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra were inexorably linked, the great conductor having put together the finest ensemble the nation had ever possessed.

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