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Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, November 2011

Collectors familiar with the Fedoseyev/Moscow Radio Symphony Tchaikovsky cycle also from the Alte Oper will know what to expect here technically and visually. Personally I find these Dvoƙák performances to be infinitely more involving than those rather routine and efficient Tchaikovsky discs. These discs can be bought separately—I am not sure if there is a price benefit from buying them together. The stand-out performances are the Violin Concerto and the Requiem—both are excellent. The rest of the disc 1 is of a lower order musically but receives fine performances. Only the Stabat Mater disappoints by not being as thrilling as I had expected it to be simply because Pešek is not at his visionary best. Because of the technical shortcomings of these DVDs at the full price they are offered for I find it hard to recommend this set very highly. Certainly, do not buy it to test out your new HD 50 inch television and surround sound system, but do consider it if you want to witness much music-making of the highest order from—in effect—a different era. As often happens when watching or listening to a sequence of recordings the ear and eye accommodates shortcomings that initially infuriate. So it was with this set; the glory of the music allied to the brilliance of some of the performances resulting in an uplifting experience reinforcing once again the genius of this most humane of composers. Read complete review






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