Dvorák - Symphony No. 8 (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Live concert HD

Het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest o.l.v. Yannick Nézet-Séguin speelt Dvorák 'Achtste symfonie'.

Opname: vrijdag 16 december 2016 in De Doelen in Rotterdam.

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The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, is a symphony by Antonín Dvorák, composed in 1889 at Vysoká u Pnbrame, Bohemia, on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. Dvorák conducted the premiere in Prague on 2 February 1890. In contrast to other symphonies of both the composer and the period, the music is cheerful and optimistic.

Dvorák composed and orchestrated the symphony within the two-and-a-half-month period from 26 August to 8 November 1889 at his summer resort in Vysoká u Pnbrame, Bohemia. The score was composed on the occasion of his admission to Prague Academy and dedicated "To the Bohemian Academy of Emperor Franz Joseph for the Encouragement of Arts and Literature, in thanks for my election." Dvoeák conducted the premiere in Prague on 2 February 1890.

Dvorák tried to achieve a marked difference to his Symphony No. 7, a stormy romantic work: "different from the other symphonies, with individual thoughts worked out in a new way". The Eighth is cheery and lyrical and draws its inspiration more from the Bohemian folk music that Dvorák loved.

The Eighth Symphony is performed fairly frequently, but not nearly as often as the more famous Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"). In this regard it enjoys a similar status to the Seventh Symphony.

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