Dvorák: Symphonies Nos.8 & 9

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
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Notes & Reviews:

The eighth symphony, composed at Dvorak's summer residence deep in the Bohemian countryside, is indisputably "From the Old World." The ninth, composed in New York and intended as a greeting "From the New World," is steeped in the composer's yearning for his native soil.

This pair of symphonies was written solely to satisfy Dvorák's own poetic muse. In the keys of G major and its relative minor, E minor, they can be regarded as representing two sides of the same coin. The Eighth, composed in Dvorák's summer residence at Vysoká deep in the Bohemian countryside, is indisputably "From the Old World" and rooted in Central Europe - "a work singing of the joy of green pastures, of summer evenings, of the melancholy of blue forests, of the defiant merry-making of the Czech peasants", to quote the conductor Václav Talich, while the Ninth, composed in the claustrophobic surroundings of New York and intended as a greeting "From the New World", is steeped in the composer's "unappeasable yearning for his native soil" (from: liner notes)

Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Fischer introduced several reforms, developed intense rehearsal methods for the musicians, emphasizing chamber music and creative work for each orchestra member. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer's reputation as one of the world's most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

This is a re-issue of the recordings that originally came out on Philips around the year 2000.

"The pristine quality of their approach to Dvorak's alfresco music has not dimmed or turned to routine with the years...the performance of the "New World" sounds as fresh as when it was first released nine years ago." -Sunday Times ****

"The first movement (of the Eighth) is beautifully judged and Fischer finds genuine dramatic depths in the Adagio...[He] produces another exemplary performance in the first movement of the New World Symphony: there is a real sense of building excitement in the slow introduction and no undue slackening of pace in the more lyrical moments." -BBC Music Magazine ****

"This is a startling reading, brilliantly coloured and thrillingly balanced. Dvorák's American motifs acquire a dark, Slavonic tang, while the resinous scents of the Eighth are intoxicating." -The Independent on Sunday

"Iván Fischer is truly "one on his own", a fund of fascinating interpretative ideas which...inevitably make musical sense...mandatory listening for anyone interested in Dvorak and the best of his modern interpreters." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Italian Institute, Budapest (02/29/2000-03/03/2000).



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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Notes: Italian Institute, Budapest (02/29/2000-03/03/2000)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Notes: Italian Institute, Budapest (02/29/2000-03/03/2000)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral