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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Denon) Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 ‘From The New World’ (Neumann)


Neumann recorded Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony several times during his life. This one from 1982 is regarded to be the best one. Indeed a very good performance and the Denon Digital treatment fits perfectly to make this disc one of the best recordings of the Ninth, among the few very good and important recordings.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Denon
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.54 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 (Neumann)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this splendid “Grandezza”
Vaclav Neumann (1920-95) was the first conductor behind the Iron Curtain to record all the Mahler symphonies. He did so with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he was kaepllmesiter from 1964-68, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of these recordings, where he gained greatest fame as chief conductor from 1968-90. Perhaps owing to the enforced mantra of Socialist reality in East Germany and Czechoslovakia during his time, beauty tends to replace neuroses in his recordings. Indeed, Neumann’s Mahler is about as far removed temperamentally as possible from the Mahler-as-neurotic standard of Bernstein, Solti, Tilson Thomas and others in the West. Instead, Neumann focuses on beauty of sound and orchestral execution. There is prodigious beauty here in this Symphony. The overall impression this left me is: beautiful. Not overly angsty, tortured Mahler; rather, Mahler led by a dedicated conductor and a fantastic Czech Orchestra.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra:  Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka (Neumann)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this stunning beauty
I gather that this work is revered in Czeck republic. Dvorak’s early attempts at opera were poor, as he felt constrained to produce rather Wagnerian works, which ultimately came to be silly. When he returned to his folky inclinations, and Symphonic sensibilities, this was the result. Gabriela Benackova as Rusalka is in splendid voice here and Vera Soukupova sounds delightfully Slavonic as Jezibaba, the Witch. The music is amazing, even the libretto is moving…and the “Moon” aria by Rusalka (track A5) is among the most beautiful arias in operatics.

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performer: Wiesław Ochman, Richard Novák, Gabriela Beňačková-Čápová, Drahomíra Drobková
Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Vinyl (1985)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.14 GB
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