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Dvořák - Symphony No.8

Composer Antonín Dvorák
Performer Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Claus Peter Flor, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1976 SACD
EAN 7318599919768
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2012
Total time 79'28

Classics Today France 10/10, September 2012; "IRR Outstanding", International Record Review October 2012

With his Seventh Symphony, Dvořák had proved that he could compose a ‘respectable’ symphony (as he himself termed it), and had done so to both critical and public acclaim. Four years later, when he began to work on its successor, he apparently felt free to return to a more familiar idiom, and after the serious Seventh – which Dvořák at one stage had considered giving the nickname 'Tragic' – Symphony No.8 was a lighter work, with its roots firmly planted in the composer’s beloved Czech folk­lore. It is probably the freest of his mature symphonies from a formal point of view, and has interesting parallels with Mahler’s First Symphony, which was premièred shortly after Dvořák had completed his own work. Imitations of the sounds of nature, pas­toral subjects and fanfares feature in both symphonies, and both evoke a funeral march and a chorale. The work is here coupled with the symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, based on an epic poem by the Czech poet Karel Erben. Complete with a wicked stepmother, a dismembering and a magic spinning wheel of gold, this rather cruel fairy-tale is followed by the shorter Scherzo capriccioso. This consistently light-hearted piece was actually composed during one of the darkest periods of Dvořák’s life following the death of his mother in 1882. All of the other works written at this time – including Symphony No.7 – are characterized by a dark, even tragic mood and it is as if Dvořák in this Scherzo felt the need to once again express unrestrained joy. Claus Peter Flor and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra have just released their performance of Symphony No.7 – a recording which has received top marks (‘10/10’) on the website Classics Today France, whose reviewer described it as ‘a striking disc’ offering ‘a revitalized vision of these major orchestral works’.
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  Antonín Dvořák
  Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88/B.163 (1889) 36'34
01 I. Allegro con brio 10'10
02 II. Adagio 10'32
03 III. Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace 5'52
04 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 10'00
05 Zlat´y kolovrat, symphonic poem, Op.109/B.197 (1896) 27'02
06 Scherzo capriccioso, Op.66/B.131 (1883) 14'36
  Album total 79'28
ComposerDvořák, Antonín
ConductorFlor, Claus Peter
OrchestraMalaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

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