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Super Hot Stamper

Dvorak / Symphony No. 9 / Kertesz / Vienna Phil.

  (Item #: dvorasym9_decca_1904_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The hall is huge, so wide and deep, spacious and open; the perspective is above all natural; solid, powerful tympani whacks -- listen for them, sweet woodwinds too
  • Dvorak's greatest, most melodic symphony with the best balance of sound and performance on record
  • The New York critic W. J. Henderson raved: “It is a great symphony and must take its place among the finest works in the form produced since the death of Beethoven.”
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Brahms & Dvorak / Hungarian & Slavonic Dances / Reiner

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: brahmhunga_15009_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

GOOD SOUND and QUIET VINYL on both sides of this British Stereo Treasury pressing -- this one beat out some of our Blueback pressings! This one gives you more extension both up top and down low than the typical pressings. It's not the most impressive record in the world, but it's a nice step up from most copies out there and the vinyl is quiet.

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Brahms / Hungarian Dances / Dvorak / Slavonic Dances

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: brahmhunga_6198_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The London pressing of this music used to be on the TAS List but appears to have been dropped at some point over the years. Not that I would notice what comes and goes on HP's list, as I do not hold it in as high a regard as most audiophiles I have met over the years. For some reason there were those who tended to think it definitive or consistent. I can assure you it is neither.

The Brahms here (side one) is nothing special on this copy, but the Dvorak is SUPERB, sounding much better than the other Bluebacks we played and the Stereo Treasury copies as well. With Reiner at the helm both sides are lively and fun.

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Brahms and Dvorak / Serenades / Kertesz

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: brahmseren_6594_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This London Whiteback LP (CS 6594) has Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, which is where the Dvorak Serenade for 10 wind instruments, cello and bass can be found. It has lovely space and depth, with dead on tonality and lots of Tubey Magic.

If you love the sound of wind instruments (and who doesn't? British Band Classics springs immediately to mind as one of the most enjoyable classical recordings I own), then this just may be the classical chamber recording for you.

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Dvorak & Glazounov - Violin Concertos - Milstein

Cisco Reviewed

  (Item #: dvoravioli_cisco) 



Sonic Grade: B or so

Some of the sweetest violin tone on heavy vinyl you will ever hear. For Heavy Vinyl this one gets a very high recommendation. The domestic originals we've played have been uniformly awful so pick up this Cisco pressing wherever you can find it if the price is right, assuming you can stand the lack of ambience and resolution that Heavy Vinyl consistently suffers from. To be honest, we have not played this record in many years and would probably like it much less now than we did at the time of its release.

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Dvorak & Glazounov / Violin Concertos - Milstein

Hopelessly Outclassed by the Stereo LP

  (Item #: dvoravioli_milstein_mono) 



Stick with stereo on this album. The Mono pressings -- at least the ones we've played -- aren't worth anybody's time (scratch that: any audiophile's time).

Here are some other records that we don't think sound very good in MONO.

Here are some we think can sound amazing in MONO.

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Dvorak / Cello Concerto - Munch / Boston

Hard to Recommend in Living Stereo

  (Item #: dvoracello_22490_test) 



I have never heard a copy of this record sound better than decent. This title is very unlikely to have the wonderful sound of the best Living Stereo pressings that you can find on our site, each of which has been carefully evaluated to the highest standards.

If you can get one for cheap, go for it. Otherwise I would pass.

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Dvorak / Cello Concerto / Fournier - Szell

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: dvorakonze) 


This Deutsche Grammophon German Import LP is especially warm and sweet for a DG record. The tape hiss here is exactly right, which tells me that the smooth sound that I’m hearing is what the tape actually recorded and the engineers wanted. The cello sound is wonderful with an especially woody tone and nice texture to the strings.
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Dvorak / Cello Concerto / Starker / Dorati

Reviewed in 2006

  (Item #: dvoracello_90303) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This very nice looking Mercury Oval Label Living Presence LP has EXCELLENT SOUND -- the string tone is relatively sweet, and there's plenty of deep powerful bass on this particular pressing.

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Dvorak / Symphony #2 / Monteux (LSC 2489)

Hard to Recommend in Living Stereo

  (Item #: dvorasym2_2489) 



We've definitely never liked any pressing of this album, from Shaded Dogs to '60s Red Seals and everything in between.

Your copy is very unlikely to have the wonderful sound of the best Living Stereo pressings that you can find on our site, each of which has been carefully evaluated to the highest standards. Of course we would be foolish to judge a record we have never played, so perhaps your copy is killer. We can't say it isn't, although the odds, in our opinion, are against you.

If you see one for cheap, go for it. Otherwise you should probably take our advice and give it a pass.

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Dvorak / Symphony No. 9 / Kertesz / Vienna Phil.

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: dvorasym9_decca_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

Presenting yet another remarkable Demo Disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording Technology, in this case 1961, with the added benefit of mastering courtesy of the more modern equipment of the '70s, in this case 1970. (We are of course here referring to the good modern equipment of 40 years ago, not the bad modern mastering equipment of today.)

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Dvorak / Violin Concerto / Accardo / Davis

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: dvoravioli_accardo_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

Top quality sound on BOTH sides of this lovely Philps recording from 1980 -- yes, it was still possible to record classical music properly in 1980, though not many labels managed to pull it off. (Londons from this era are especially opaque and airless. We find them as irritating and frustrating as most of the Heavy Vinyl releases being foisted on the audiophile public today.)

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Dvorak/ Symphony No. 7 / Monteux/ LSO

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: dvorasym7_vics_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This fairly quiet (M-) Plum Label Victrola has LOVELY, SPACIOUS, tonally correct sound. Monteux and LSO are wonderful here, so this one gets a top recommendation from Better Records.

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