Various Artists

Dvořák: Symphonic Works

Catalogue Number: SU 4090-2
Published: 24th February 2012
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 8 CD
Antonín Dvořák - Symphonies Nos. 1-9* (complete set, recordings from 1972-74), Symphonic Poems, Opp. 107-110 (The Water Goblin, The Noon Witch, The Golden Spinning Wheel, The Wild Dove), Concert Overtures (In Nature's Realm, Op. 91, Carnival, Op. 92, Othello, Op. 93), Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra, Op. 78

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Václav Neumann

Few other composers' music enjoys such enormous popularity and is as frequently performed on stages worldwide and recorded as that of Antonín Dvořák. And it is the symphonic works that are connected with his name most often. The new Supraphon eight-disc box features several complete sets and encompasses Dvořák's most significant symphonic pieces. Alongside the Symphonic Poems and Concert Overtures, Supraphon is releasing for the first time on CD Václav Neumann's sensitively remastered 1972-74 analogue recordings of the complete symphonies (until now, only the digital recordings from the 1980s had been released on CD). Václav Neumann linked up to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra's bold Dvořák tradition in the wake of his illustrious predecessors Václav Talich and Karel Ančerl and developed it in sonic colourfulness and romantic sweep. Following two complete sets of chamber works (the Panocha Quartet etc., SU 3815-2, SU 3921-2) and the complete essential piano pieces (Radoslav Kvapil, SU 4018-2), you can now add to your music library another of the "worlds" of Dvořák's amazing oeuvre, in a highly acclaimed interpretation with the seal of the Czech Dvořák tradition.

The complete Dvořák symphonic works with Václav Neumann's romantic sweep - for the first time on CD


”The Symphonic Variations are an outstanding display of musical and orchestral finesse. In the Symphonic Poems Neumann is able to combine Talich’s symphonic strength with Chalabala’s story-telling gifts…[the set] demonstrates that the Neumann era did not bring about a decline in either Dvor(ák interpretation in Prague or in the standards of the Czech PO, which is magnificent throughout.”
MusicWeb International, December 2012

”This is a set that no one who cares about Dvorák’s symphonies can afford to ignore. Even if you have the versions just mentioned, these performances really do belong in every serious collection.”, January 2018

CD 1

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 1 in C minor The Bells of Zlonice, sine op. (B 9)
1. Maestoso - Allegro 12:17
2. Adagio di molto 12:29
3. Allegretto 09:09
4. Finale. Allegro animato 13:32

CD 2

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 4 (B 12)
1. Allegro con moto 12:34
2. Poco adagio 12:55
3. Scherzo. Allegro con brio 13:00
4. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 11:22

CD 3

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 10 (B 34)
1. Allegro moderato 10:56
2. Adagio molto, tempo di marcia 14:45
3. Finale. Allegro vivace 09:30
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13 (B 41)
4. Allegro 11:52
5. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile 12:19
6. Scherzo. Allegro feroce 06:54
7. Finale. Allegro con brio 09:52

CD 4

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 5 in F major, Op. 76 (B 54)
1. Allegro ma non troppo 09:47
2. Andante con moto (attacca) 07:44
3. Andante con moto, quasi l'istesso Tempo - Allegro scherzando 07:45
4. Allegro molto 13:11
Antonín Dvořák
5. Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra, Op. 78 (B 70) 22:57

CD 5

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60 (B 112)
1. Allegro non tanto 13:46
2. Adagio 10:06
3. Scherzo (Furiant). Presto 08:28
4. Finale. Allegro con spirito 10:51
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 (B 141)
5. Allegro maestoso 11:07
6. Poco adagio 09:33
7. Scherzo. Vivace 07:38
8. Finale. Allegro 09:10

CD 6

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 (B 163)
1. Allegro con brio 09:44
2. Adagio 10:30
3. Allegretto grazioso 06:35
4. Allegro ma non troppo 10:54
Antonín Dvořák
In Nature's Realm. Overture from a Cycle Nature, Life and Love, Op. 91 (B 168)
5. In Nature's Realm, Op. 91, B 168 14:39
Antonín Dvořák
Carnival from a Cycle of Concert Overture Nature, Life and Love, Op. 92 (B 169)
6. Carnival, Op. 92, B 169 09:28
Antonín Dvořák
Othello. Overture from a Cycle Nature, Life and Love, Op. 93 (B 174)
7. Othello, Op. 93, B 174 14:18

CD 7

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 9 in E minor From The New World, Op. 95 (B 178)
1. Adagio. Allegro molto 09:23
2. Largo 12:20
3. Molto vivace 08:18
4. Allegro con fuoco 11:16

CD 8

Antonín Dvořák
1. The Water Goblin. Symphonic poem after K.J.Erben, Op. 107 (B 195) 19:46
Antonín Dvořák
2. The Noon Witch. Symphonic poem after K.J.Erben, Op. 108 (B 196) 14:32
Antonín Dvořák
3. The Golden Spinning Wheel. Symphonic Poem after K.J.Erben, Op. 109 (B 197) 25:36
Antonín Dvořák
4. The Wild Dove. Symphonic poem after K.J.Erben, Op. 110 (B 198) 18:24