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Dvorák: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9 'From the New World'; Carnaval Overture; Scherzo capriccioso ()

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This two-disc set of Dvorák's last three symphonies plus two other single-movement orchestral works by Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini is three-quarters mandatory and one quarter negligible. Giulini's 1961 recording of the Eighth Symphony, and especially his 1962 recording of the Ninth Symphony, "From the New World," along with the Carnival Overture and Scherzo capriccioso, all performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, have long been considered among the finest recordings of the works, and as superbly remastered here, they sound as clear, as colorful, as driven, as dramatic, as joyful, and as lovingly lyrical as they did nearly 45 years earlier. The same cannot, however, be said of Giulini's 1976 recording of the Seventh Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In place of clarity is murkiness, in place of color is muddiness, in place of drive is turgidity, in place of drama is stolidity, in place of joy is morbidity, and in place of loving lyricism is phlegmatic torpidity. Although anyone... Hide synopsis

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