8 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

lionsdenitunes ,

Another Dvorak winner from Marin Alsop and the Baltimore SO!

I feel like I need to almost be embarrassed for gushing about how much I love this disc. Marin Alsop's direction of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Dvorak's 7th and 8th Symphonies is altogether powerful and delicate, lush and tempered, brassy and smooth. The players are top notch. The recording is powerful, with a superbly wide dynamic range. This is an essential disc for any Dvorak-lover and, I think, for any lover of classical music in general.

ThaSchwab ,

Good album.

Good album, as the title says. The winds are definitely at the top of their game in this recording, as were the brass. Actually, everyone was. The slow movements of each symphony were masterfully done, and I believe them to be the highpoints of the album.

The loss of one star in the rating is actually for many reasons, though they are all small enough to only account of part of that star. The trumpets were a bit loud throughout the recording, and they didn't sound brassy enough. The ending chords in the first and final movements of the Eighth symphony sounded much like masses of noise instead of the majestic major chords they were intended to be, and the cello section added an unnecessary sustained "D" on both. A decent amount of incorrect entrances prevailed throughout the recording, which resulted in that recognizable noise you get when strings aren't playing together (they usually were).

I still reccommend this recording. Buy it off iTunes instead of the BSO's website; if I'm correct, you save $8.00 for the same album.

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