Václav Talich conducts Dvorak's Slavonic Dances

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Václav Talich conducts Dvorak's Slavonic Dances


Gramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - November 2009



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2nd March 2009




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Václav Talich conducts Dvorak's Slavonic Dances

Recorded on 27th and 28th November, 1935 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London


Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Carnival Overture, Op. 92



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Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

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 their own.

Talich was to return to all this music in the 1950s but these 1935 recordings catch an immortal partnership in full flood and vigour.

Antonin Dvorak: Slovanic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83

No. 1 in C Major

No. 2 in E Minor

No. 3 in A-Flat Major

No. 4 in F Major

No. 5 in A Major

No. 6 in D Major

No. 7 in C Minor

No. 8 in G Minor

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Series 2, Op. 72, B. 147

No. 1 in B Major

No. 2 in E Minor

No. 3 in F Major

No. 4 in D-Flat Major

No. 5 in B-Flat Minor

No. 6 in B-Flat Major

No. 7 in C Major

No. 8 in A-Flat Major

Antonin Dvorak: Carnival, Op. 92, B. 169

Carnival, Op. 92, B. 169

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