I like Kertesz' big and beefy Dvorak. I also like Kosler's lean and lilting view (symphonies 1-7). Suitner is a splendid alternative, beautifully played and recorded. IMHO all of these capture the essence of the music better than Kubelik, who had so many gos at them that he shoud be judjed accordingly.
When it's all said and done, no Dvorak cycle can claim to be "best" at all nine symphonies. Personally I mildly appreciate 1-3. My ears perk up substantially at # 4. And from the 5th to the end it's "Glory be" to whoever does justice to these wonderful scores.
- 4: Neumann, Suitner
- 5: Neumann and Kertesz
- 6 - Ancerl, Neumann, Sejna, Talich (the latter two in inferior sound)
- 7 - Kosler, Davis RCOA, Kertesz, Sejna, Szell.
- 8 and 9: just too many to choose from. For these two the folk/dance elements are more or less internationalized and have for many decades become the province of all great conductors.