Sunday, December 30, 2012

Solti : Dvorak's New World

I have heard this performance recently and have added this to the higher echelons of this symphony's readings. Now the readings are ranked in this category: Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic; Istvan Kertesz/London Symphony; Georg Solti/ Chicago; Carlo Maria Giulini/Chicago; Rudolf Kempe/Royal Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan/Vienna Philharmonic; Zubin Mehta/Los Angeles Philharmonic; Karel Ancerl/Czech Philharmonic. This is intense drama bringing out the emotional power of Dvorak's composition with Czech and German thoughts interspersed with Negro and Red Indian melodies. Magnificent! The best reading is by Leonard Bernstein and New York. 2. Istvan Kertesz and London. 3. Georg Solti and Chicago. 4. Carlo Maria Giulini and Chicago. 5. Zubin Mehta and Los Angeles.6. Rudolf Kempe and Royal Philharmonic. 7. Karel Ancerl and Czech Philharmonic. 8. Herbert Von Karajan and Vienna. 9. Arturo Toscanini and NBC. 10. Rafael Kubelik and Berlin.

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