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Dvorák: Symphonies no 8 & 9 / Mackerras, Prague SO

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

"At 80 years young, Charles Mackerras remains one of the great conductors of our era, not to mention one of the most unheralded. His unfailing musicality, intelligence, and sheer joy in performing communicate vividly in these two glorious performances, beautifully recorded live in September, 2005. They are the kind of interpretations that make you listen as if for the first time to music you probably know well. This isn't just because Mackerras opts for the Urtext editions of both scores, most noticeable in the finale of the Eighth Symphony, where after the central climax he has the cellos play the variant of the main theme contained in Dvorak's autograph... What really distinguishes these performances is their sheer excitement and vital sense of flow, a function of rhythmically characterful phrasing allied to ideally transparent textures." -David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com



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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic (09/10/2005-09/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic (09/10/2005-09/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live