Kertész / LSO – Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 (No. 4) op. 88, Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66 (180g, Speakers Corner / Decca)

# Composer: Antonín Dvorák
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Vinyl (1963 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 6044
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.16GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (317MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post

From the Speakers Corner website:

In comparison with Dvorák’s cyclical Ninth Symphony, the Eighth always seems to fade into the background somewhat, although it is actually far more venturesome as regards its formal structure than its later sister-work. The wealth of poetic mood paintings, heartfelt melodies and seemingly improvisational episodes were described by the composer as unique ideas upon which he elaborated in a completely new way, and which were intentionally far removed from his other symphonies.

In spite of the highly individual movements, the whole composition is full of airy, lyrical contrasts. The transitional passages are gentle and flowing, as for example in the chorale-like opening which leads into the disciplined, spirited main theme of the first movement. This is followed by a rhapsodic slow movement and a waltz-like Allegretto, and finally a strangely interwoven amalgamation of sonata form and set of variations.

During the course of his short career, István Kertész championed Dvorák’s Symphonies in that he was the very first to record the complete works for the DECCA label. For this reason alone, the recording constitutes an excellent performance by the London Symphony Orchestra led by its Hungarian principal conductor.

Track listing

Side One
01 – Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66

Symphony No. 8 (No. 4) op. 88 (continued)
02 – I. Allegro con brio

Side Two
Symphony No. 8 (No. 4) op. 88 (conclusion)
03 – II. Adagio
04 – III. Allegretto grazioso
05 – IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Recording: February 1963 at Kingsway Hall, London, by Arthur Lilley
Production: Ray Minshull

Additional information can be found here.

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27 thoughts on “Kertész / LSO – Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 (No. 4) op. 88, Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66 (180g, Speakers Corner / Decca)

  1. Thank you for posting the Kertesz/LSO HDV recording of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8. The File Post links are correct. However, the FileFactory links point to Colin Davis and the LSO recordings of Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 39 & 40, rather than to the FileFactory links to the Dvorák Symphony No. 8 with Kertész and the LSO. Please direct us to the correct FileFactory links, when you have a chance to do so. Thanks in advance for this and for all of the other great effort and work that you do to support this Classical Music site.

  2. Steve,
    Are you familiar with the “Bell-ringer” strength test with a sledge-like hammer- blow to see if you can ring the bell at the Carnival?
    Night Owl, you rang the bell with this one! Each archive sounds great, but No. 5 is particularly impressive when the LSO crescendos near the end of Sym. No. 8. It was so crystal clear with no distortion or overloading! FANTASTIC!
    Thank you.

        • Steve, I’m having awful problems with FF download: so slow. Requiring 2 to 3 hours per archive. I’ve contacted them but have only an acknowledgement so far; no improvement.
          I let you know after we get this all solved; I do have premium account.

          • Bob,

            If you have a premium FF acct, you should be able to do an import into your acct. Shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. Seriously.

            Then you should be able to download from your acct…

        • Hi Steve,
          I got the 192 down OK.
          To be candid Rach is correct. You’ve got to have a much more sophisticated Stereo player to tell any difference.
          I played key sections one right after the other, and though both sound fantastic on my player. I could not discern any difference between the two.
          For the guys with real HiDef equipo, it may be a benefit; but undistinguishable on mine.

          Both sound fantastic to me; obviously better that 16/44.
          You’ve done a good job that adds enhancement to

          • Thanks for the feedback, Bob. Yes, your equipment will definitely play into whether or not you can tell a difference.

            Glad you liked the rip, in whichever “flavor” you choose.. 🙂

      • The rip is masterfuly done – the sound has full body and I felt as if I was in the middle of a concert hall, with all sections of the orchestra recognizable in the sound stage. 192K bring here the marvelous resolution. Thumbs up, thank you again, TheNightOwl !

        • Thanks, Deafinite. I was very happy with the way this one turned out too! 🙂

          btw – I noticed you haven’t been to black circles since this past February. You’ve been missing a lot of great rips!

  3. Thank you, Steve, for this treasure!
    The performance is outstanding, Kertesz perfectly understood and read the score. Dvorak’s famous Ninth is influenced by native American melodies, it is well known, the Eighth is not so popular, but it is as great and closer to European Romantic tradition. Well, all in all, Dvorak is in Top 10 of my favorite composers and I try hard to get all records of his opuses, especially in format of vinyl rips.
    Second, your rip is wonderful. The sound is clear and balanced, the S. C. have done their best here, and your equipment perfectly allows to transfer this analog sound to digits.

  4. Many thanks for the 192k. I love the sound on this one especially on my Sennheiser headphones. Thanks for all your hard work sharing your collection.

  5. Hi NightOwl. Thank you for this fantastic gem. Can you please repost the 3rd file for 192/24? kertesz-dvorak-sym8-24192.part3.rar Thank you

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