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Read and believe every word of all the other reviews. This is magic on every level.
This was one of the last of the recordings Walter made. By this time, the "Columbia Symphony Orchestra" (LA Philharmonic and top Hollywood studio orchestra players, turning down higher paying gigs to work at scale for Walter and Stravinsky), had been together for going on five years, and its shows. The playing has discipline, glow and, as always under Walter, love seasoned with fire and power. This has always sounded well, but never close to this edition. This is a treasure.
I have both the original LP and the commercial cd, and compared them all. The sound on your cd was richer and more detailed. Great! Thank you!
There is a tendency to tacitly accept the culturally nationalist assumption that Czech music is best played and conducted by Czech musicians. There are many great examples of this, of course, but, nonetheless, it stubbornly remains the case that one of the greatest Dvorak performances ever captured is the present recording, with an American pick-up orchestra led by a German. The sound is a distinct improvement over its CD incarnation. Essential stuff.
I purchased this DSD256 download to test my new Sony Black 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player - UBP-X800. My OPPO player would only handle DSD64 files. This played perfectly on the Sony player, which costs only $300. I also found out this morning that the player plays some non-region 0 DVDs, as I tested it with a Japanese DVD. I was very pleased with the sound of the Dvorak. I have several disc copies of this performance including DSD remastering (but still 16bit/44.1 kHz CD) from Japan. This download is the best sound I have heard.
Title: Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Artist(s): Bruno Walter conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape studio duplication using Dolby NR
Producer – John McClure
Recorded by Columbia Records
1. Allegro con brio 9:57
2. Adagio 9:13
3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace 5:56
4. Allegro ma non troppo 10:17
Note for the DSD files: DSD has limited editing capabilities. To keep it pure DSD with no PCM used, There might be some blemishes to remain from the original tape source that would be normally edited out in a PCM release.