Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra – Dvořák: Symphony No 6 (2005)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:05 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,96 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 930 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | LSO Live # LSO0526
Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony secured him international fame following its premiere 1881. The influence of his native Bohemia, its sounds and its culture are abundant and give the work a refreshing flavour reminiscent of his Slavonic Dances. Sir Colin Davis’s recordings of Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos 8 and 9 were the first titles released on LSO Live, immediately establishing the label’s international reputation. Since then the Symphony No 7 has also been released to great acclaim.
Sir Colin Davis’s Philips recordings of the last three Dvorak symphonies have long been a staple of the catalogue, with LSO Live versions now supplementing them. But what makes this disc of No 6 specially welcome is that it offers a performance of exceptional clarity: at the start the syncopated thrumming on horns and violas has every note sharply defined, where most recordings – including that listed – make it a background sound, vaguely defined. The clarity is mainly due to Davis’s cleanly focused reading but is helped by the Barbican acoustic, sounding rather drier than on some LSO Live issues. For the Scherzo Davis adopts a fastish tempo, and the snapping rhythms have extra sharpness, leading to a light, delicate account of the Trio section. In the finale, Davis, more than Kertesz, highlights the Brahmsian qualities, with the timpani cleanly defined. There is no applause, suggesting that an editing session or rehearsal session was involved. At 46 minutes with no coupling the disc may offer short measure, but the super-budget price makes it excellent value.
01 – Symphony No 6: Allegro non tanto
02 – Symphony No 6: Adagio
03 – Symphony No 6: Scherzo (Furiant). Presto
04 – Symphony No 6: Finale. Allegro con spirito
Produced by James Mallinson. Engineered by Jonathan Stokes.
Recorded on September 29-30, 2004, Barbican, London, U.K.
A High Density DSD Recording.