Classical Net Weighs in on Dvořák & Janáček

Classical.net's Brian Wigman weighs in on our Pittsburgh Symphony Dvořák & Janáček SACD:

“Manfred Honeck has showed a deep sympathy for Czech music on disc, and there's not really anything he can't do with this orchestra. … The Dvořák is phrased in the most beautiful way; radiantly recorded, the Pittsburgh Symphony simply shines. … nothing less than a world-class band at their peak. …the Janáček is a neat and rarely heard coupling … I like these two composers together on disc, and kudos to all for an unusual choice of repertoire. Honeck and his collaborators have created a fine suite for us, and realistically this is the most reasonable way to approach this music. The playing and recording quality remain superb here. Pittsburgh, as I've written before, is really in a golden age regardless of who they work with. Warm, lush strings compliment equally warm (but always assertive) brass and winds. … once again the playing and production values are absolutely first-rate. This is a worthy addition to your collection, and maybe for you a reference edition.” —Brian Wigman

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