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Re: Dvorak symphony cycles
Brian - thanks for mentioning Anguelov - I don't know why that cycle had passed under my radar so completely. I do twitch a bit when phrases such as "Dvorak with a modern sound" appear because I'm not sure it means anything at all. Also, I twitch even more when the conductor makes "made some abridgments and minimal retouch here and there." (taken from Anguelov's website). I have NOT heard these versions but cutting the 1st movement of Symphony No.1 bringing it in at just over 11.00 when the average - no repeat - version is 18.00 seems extraordinary. Such retouching/cutting is a throwback to an earlier age quite the opposite of the modernity it says Anguelov aspires to. All the Dvorak symphonies are published in good critical editions and I feel - as I said in my review - that we have to trust/respect the composer's choices even though with Symphony No.1 it is very likely it would have been revised.
I see this set is listenable to on Spotify so I will certainly be dipping in very soon.
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