Antonín Dvořák - Slavonic Dances, Series I., Op.46 37:43
1. I. C major (Presto) 4:01
2. II. E minor (Allegretto scherzando) 4:44
3. III. A flat major (Poco allegro) 4:08
4. IV. F major (Tempo di menuetto) 6:56
5. V. A major (Allegro vivace) 3:17
6. VI. D major (Allegretto scherzando) 5:51
7. VII. C minor (Allegro assai) 3:36
8. VIII. G minor (Presto) 4:35
Antonín Dvořák - Slavonic Dances, Series II., Op. 72 36:51
9. I. in B major (Molto vivace) 4:24
10. II. in E minor (Allegretto grazioso) 6:40
11. III. in F major (Allegro) 3:17
12. IV. in D flat major (Allegretto grazioso) 4:49
13. V. in B flat minor (Poco adagio. Vivace) 2:42
14. VI. in B flat major (Moderato, quasi minuetto) 3:50
15. VII. in C major (Allegro vivace) 3:18
16. VIII. in A flat major (Grazioso e lento, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di Valse) 7:19
17. Antonín Dvořák - Slavonic Dance, No. 15 - the unique proof with Talich 3:58
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Václav Talich conductor
Mono studio recording 8.7.1950 (1-17)
- The exuberant start of a special edition dedicated to a conducting legend of the 20th century - Václav Talich.
- 16 Slavonic Dances in an extraordinary interpretation by Václav Talich and the Czech Philharmonic from the historic 1950 Supraphon recording.
- A version which established the interpretational tradition of the Slavonic Dances, admited in its time and still magical today.
- Talich's Dvorák not as "a musician who writes dance music, but as a poet of rhythm."
- The eight Slavonic Dances from 1878 (originally for piano, four hands) were one of Dvorák's first steps towards world renown. "A divine naturalness flows through this music. Not a trace of anything mechanical or forced," wrote one critic. Dvorák wrote an additional eight dances in 1886 when he was already a famous composer, and later orchestrated both sets.
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