Dvorak - Symphony No. 8 - Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker on 180g Import LP
Antonín Dvorak wrote his Eighth Symphony during 1889 at Vysoka, where he had a small country house. He conducted the first performance in Prague in February 1890 and introduced it to London, a city in which he enjoyed immense popularity, two months later.
The symphony was published in London and for time was known as the English Symphony, although its Czech origins are apparent in every bar. Notwithstanding the immense achievement of the Seventh Symphony in D minor, Dvorak determined that its successor would be different from the others, with individual thoughts worked out in a new way.
Where it differs is in the rather experimental formal structure of the first and last movements; in contrast to the Seventh, composed in a classical mold, they have a rhapsodic, improvisatory character. But the work's melodic fecundity is such that the listener is happy to be swept along by an irresistible flow of tunes, scored with exceptional color and brilliance.
Antonín Dvorak, composer
Hebert von Karajan, conductor
• 180g Import LP
• Originally released in 1987
• Mastered from the original masters of Universal Music by Maarten de Boer
• Cut at Emil Berliner Studios
• Pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany