Dvorák Symphony 7
I cordially welcomed Carlos Paita's LP of Dvorak'S D minor Symphony as a performance combining lyrical ardour and warmth; and given a splendid digital recording it offered a full-bodied richness which one associated more with first-class analogue techniques. That remark applies equally to the CD with its warm middle resonance and lack of artificial brilliance on the upper strings. Detail is less sharp than on some CDs, but the acoustic glow more than compensates and the expansion of dynamic range is spectacular indeed, especially in the passionate climax of the slow movement, which is riveting. The performance has a natural flowing spontaneity and makes an easy first choice among existing versions of this work. On CD it is not likely to be bettered in the near future, certainly not by Maazel, whose DG version is scheduled for release very soon.'