Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46 | Australian Eloquence ELQ4762742

Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op.46

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4762742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Penguin Guide 4 stars Penguin Rosette Winner



London Symphony Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Jean Martinon


Dvorak, Antonin

Slavonic Dances: Series I, op.46 B83
Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
» no.7 in C major

Massenet, Jules

Le Cid

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Les Patineurs (orch. Constant Lambert)


London Symphony Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Jean Martinon


Jean Martinon (1910-76) was not only a successful conductor but also an accomplished composer and his musical intuition and fine ear for detail is evident at every turn in these recordings. This release will achieve cult status, as did the original recordings, made in 1958 (Massenet, Meyerbeer) and 1959 (Dvorak). The French works were recorded by the legendary Decca producer John Culshaw, and for those not familiar with this music, it is scintillating, charming, tuneful, and, despite the age of the recordings, sonically thrilling. Likewise, Martinon and the LSO inject plenty of verve into the Slavonic Dances (originally recorded by Decca for RCA at a time when the two companies had a mutual arrangement).

"[Le Cid] In Martinon's hands, Massenet's tunes fizz and effervesce like the best champagne...the astonishing vivid Decca recording... Is superbly transferred to CD." - Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs 2005/6.
Grieg : Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
No. 1 in C minor (Presto)
No. 2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando)
No. 3 in A flat major (Poco allegro)
No. 4 in F major (Tempo di minuetto)
No. 5 in A major (Allegro vivace)
No. 6 in d major (Allegretto scherzando)
No. 7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
No. 8 in G minor (Presto)

Grieg : Slavonic Dances, Op. 72
No. 7 in C major (Allegro vivace)
London Symphony Orchestra/Jean Martinon

Massenet : Le Cid - ballet music
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Jean Martinon

Meyerbeer : Les Patineurs ballet (orch. Constant Lambert)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Jean Martinon



This 1958 coupling of Meyerbeer and Massenet was justly famous in its day. The sheer vividness of the opening number, with its growling cellos, the swagger of the string rhythms and the thundering timpani strokes, are still startling and, praise be, the CD transfer is superb.
Penguin Guide 2010

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