George Szell's dedication to Dvor?k is well-documented on CD, most recently with the reissue of his outstanding recordings of Symphonies 7 through 9. But for many Dvor?k lovers, his name will be forever associated with this sparkling set of Slavonic Dances, one of the outstanding recordings of the LP era. Along with Kubelik's DG recording, this is the only complete set of Dvor?k's miniature masterpieces that deserves to be set alongside classic Czech versions by conductors such as Talich and Sejna. Not only is the playing of the Cleveland Orchestra exceptional, but Szell positively luxuriates in Dvor?k's generous fund of melody.
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