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Dvořák: Slavonic Dances - Kubelik

Dvořák: Slavonic Dances - Kubelik

Esoteric  ESSG-90169

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Opp. 46 & 72

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

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Comment by Tony Reif - April 18, 2022 (1 of 5)

How does the sound of this Esoteric release compare with the Universal SACD from 2011? I'm also curious about the Neumann (1972) SACD on Warners - I find the Teldec CD sound preferable to the Kubelik Originals, though Kubelik's performance is really unbeatable.

Comment by Contrapunctus - April 18, 2022 (2 of 5)

I can only comment on Kubelik's DG recording of Ma Vlast, which I own in both releases (Esoteric & SHM-SACD): the sonical differences are very, very subtle - if there's a difference at all. Maybe the sound stage is a tad wider on the SHM-SACD and the Esoteric may be a smidgeon more pronounced in the lower frequencies, but to be honest, that's all more about feelings than real impressions. Or, put another way, I won't be able telling them apart if blindfolded.

Comment by Cool Customer - April 19, 2022 (3 of 5)

"...though Kubelik's performance is really unbeatable"

Sejna?

Comment by Tony Reif - April 24, 2022 (4 of 5)

Everyone loves Sejna, but the 1959 sound (at least on my Denon-mastered CD) is rolled off and lacking detail, which blunts the effect. If the original master tape is still around it would be great to have a new mastering, but the chances of that seem to be very slim (unless Tower felt it was worth doing - but there haven't been any new Tower Supraphon-sourced SACDs since November 2020).

Comment by Tony Reif - June 29, 2022 (5 of 5)

Although this is now o.p., copies at a fairly reasonable price are still floating around, whereas the 2011 Universal is hard to find. The sound is much improved over the DG Originals - truer instrumental timbres (no high frequency boost), more body and detail. It was miked for blend, not upfront thrills like Szell, the recent SACD of which I also like. (It's more like the way Supraphon was recording classical in the 60s, perhaps a bit on the bright side.) Between the conducting and the sound these two SACDs have quite a different effect. Szell has plenty of swagger; he and the Clevelanders seem to be having a very good time, and the soundstage is wide and close so you can hear all the strands of the orchestration very clearly. Kubelik and his Bavarians seem more attuned to the subtler expressive qualities of the music; there's more light and shade and a more flexible rubato, but also some whirlwind tempos faster than Szell's. Overall I find DG's sound to be a more natural representation of an orchestra in a hall. But I'm wondering what Esoteric's source was - no transfer credit is given. EBS would have remixed the recording to 24/192 in 2011 (or sometimes, in the early days of the Universal DG SACDs, they remixed to DSD) but would Esoteric have had access to that? Remastering was done as usual at the JVC Mastering Center. If anyone knows Esoteric's standard procedures for analogue recordings at that time (2017) please chime in.