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Walter's Dvorak 8
There is a tendency to tacitly accept the culturally nationalist assumption that Czech music is best played and conducted by Czech musicians. There are many great examples of this, of course, but, nonetheless, it stubbornly remains the case that one of the greatest Dvorak performances ever captured is the present recording, with an American pick-up orchestra led by a German. The sound is a distinct improvement over its CD incarnation. Essential stuff.
I purchased this DSD256 download to test my new Sony Black 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player - UBP-X800. My OPPO player would only handle DSD64 files. This played perfectly on the Sony player, which costs only $300. I also found out this morning that the player plays some non-region 0 DVDs, as I tested it with a Japanese DVD. I was very pleased with the sound of the Dvorak. I have several disc copies of this performance including DSD remastering (but still 16bit/44.1 kHz CD) from Japan. This download is the best sound I have heard.
Fine stereo recording
Great recording, provides a real sense of being there. Stereo image much better than many modern recordings that seem to focus on multi-channel and do stereo as an afterthought.
The recording of Bruno Walter conducting Dvorak's 8th Symphony is a classic. I 've know it for years from one of its appearances in CD format. But this hi-res remastering by HDTT adds so much presence to the recorded sound that, though I recognized the performance, I felt I was hearing the real thing for the first time. Highly recommended.
There definitive version of an often overlooked masterpiece
High Definition Tape transfers continues to amaze. This is another superbly remastered version of what could be considered the definitive version of an accessible highly enjoyable Dvorak masterpiece. Mentioned in “The Insider’s Guide to Classical Recordings” by Jim Svejda year’s ago as “immensely rewarding…with charm.” Keep ‘em coming!
Title: Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Artist(s): Bruno Walter conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape studio duplication using Dolby NR
Producer – John McClure
Recorded by Columbia Records
1. Allegro con brio 9:57
2. Adagio 9:13
3. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace 5:56
4. Allegro ma non troppo 10:17
Note for the DSD files: DSD has limited editing capabilities. To keep it pure DSD with no PCM used, There might be some blemishes to remain from the original tape source that would be normally edited out in a PCM release.