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Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 / Mackerras

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording of Dvorák's Symphonic Variations andf Symphony No. 8 from 1992 pays tribute to a partnership of joyful music-making that lasted over 45 years between Sir Charles Mackerras and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
What these performances benefit from is the spontaneity of the live concert environment. Originally recorded for archive purposes by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, such recordings are impossible to overlook when the music making is as fine as it is here. Mackerras had a gift for uncovering the individual DNA in a composer's music; he did this with aplomb with Dvorák.

"Mackerras's reading of the Symphonic Variations would stand up well to any competition...In the wrong hands these 27 variations can seem bitty. Mackerras underlines the bigger picture with flawless handling of the tempo relationships and by building a powerful sense of expectation in the approach to the fugal finale." -BBC Music Magazine

"This live 1992 recording from Festival Hall shows Mackerras at the height of his powers. It is a joy from beginning to end. The Eighth has had many notable interpreters, but none knew better than Mackerras how to pace and colour this magical work...The Variations, too, receive a vivid, richly expressive performance, making you wonder why it is so rarely played." -The Sunday Times

"Sir Charles Mackerras' way with Dvorak's Eighth Symphony was invariably unaffected, bracing and energetic, and this live relay is no exception...Mackerras always directed [the Variations] with consummate mastery, edging from one variation to the next with evident ease, making the work sound the compelling entity that it is." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, London (04/24/1992).


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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 08/06/1877-09/28/1877.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral