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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2002

"Naxos' slim box repackaging of its 1989-91 Dvorak cycle makes an inexpensive supplementary addition to any collection devoted to the works of this Czech master...tangy winds, wiry strings, and piercing trumpets dominate... Interpretively, these readings remain satisfyingly consistent. Outer movements never drag, slow movements really sing, and scherzos have plenty of pep. The third movement of the Second Symphony illustrates this last observation very well, as does the scherzo of the Fifth. The famous tragic climax of the first movement of the Seventh, for many a good test case for any series of Dvorak interpretations, offers an excellent sense of what to expect: not a tremendous amount of sheer power, but plenty of energy, and an interesting timbral separation between trombones and horns that carries over clearly and keeps the ear engaged."



Ottawa Citizen, March 2002

"If regular Naxos prices aren't low enough for you, the company has taken to issuing 'white boxes' containing things like the complete symphonies and selected symphonic poems of Dvorak. These are sold at prices about 25-per-cent below what even the discounted individual Naxos CDs would cost.

This collection is a particular pleasure since the performances are so loving and well-executed. No, the Slovak Symphony is not the London Symphony, but it is a very respectable ensemble to which the music of Dvorak seems to come most naturally.

Conductor Gunzenhauser is no slouch in this repertoire, either. Several of the offerings here, especially the New World Symphony, are as pleasing as any I've heard."






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