More of the music of Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
More Reviews and Commentaries for the Music of Antonin Dvorak
The one recording of this work that seemed to us to have the best balance of sound and performance was conducted by Istvan Kertesz. His recording with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1961, his debut for Decca as a matter of fact, is the one that ended up winning our shootout of a dozen pressings or so.
You may be aware that Speakers Corner remastered this recording in the ’90s. We carried it and recommended it highly back in the day when we carried Heavy Vinyl pressings. We probably would not like it as well now that we have much higher standards — and much better equipment — than we did in those days.
I will be happy to give them credit for knowing which recording of the work was most deserving of remastering. They make a lot of mistakes, but they did not make one here.
Unsurprisingly, we prefer a later mastering of the recording though, not the original.
Here are more reviews of music conducted by Kertesz, a man whose work we very much admire.
As a general rule, this Heavy Vinyl pressing will fall short in most of the following areas: