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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

Antonin Dvorak , Myung-Whun Chung , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60 - 1. Allegro non tantoMyung Whun Chung11:50Album Only
listen  2. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60 - 2. AdagioMyung Whun Chung10:07Album Only
listen  3. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60 - 3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto)Myung Whun Chung 7:10Album Only
listen  4. Dvorák: Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60 - 4. Finale (Allegro con spirito)Myung Whun Chung10:23Album Only
listen  5. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 1. Allegro con brioMyung Whun Chung10:35Album Only
listen  6. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 2. AdagioMyung Whun Chung10:21Album Only
listen  7. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivaceMyung Whun Chung 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 - 4. Allegro ma non troppoMyung Whun Chung 9:50Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records / Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004SDO3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Brahms was the abiding influence on Dvorák, particularly in his symphonies. But part of Dvorák's genius was his ability to let native folk melodies from various Czech and Slavic sources determine the course of his symphonies. The structuring might be Brahms, but the guts are all Dvorák. You can still hear Brahms in both these two popular symphonies, but only in the framework. Conductor Myung-Whun Chung expertly (and lovingly) shapes the rich melodic lines in such a way that, especially in Symphony no. 8, Brahms becomes a mere specter lurking in the background. Both works contain memorable themes and native melodies and both works rank among the best examples of symphonic romanticism. These are excellent performances and the Deutsche Grammophon sound is superb. --Paul Cook

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How is the Sixth Symphony Overlooked So Often? April 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with the sixth symphony when I bought the Dvorak symphony cycle by Kubelik. I loved it even more when I bought the Kertesz set on London. I also bought another recording of it, but with each performance I felt that the conductor was restraining the orchestra and not allowing the symphony to fully expand. This is not the case with the performance by the Vienna Philharmonic with Myung-Whun Chung at the helm. Chung leads this symphony just like it is one of the last three Dvorak symphonies. The result is an experience leaving you with the confusion as to why this symphony is not in the regular repetoire alongside 7, 8, and 9. As usual, the Vienna strings are gorgeous. The sound is crisp and detailed (although recorded at a slightly lower volume than most DG records). Tempi are well judged and the climaxes are allowed full breathing room which in my opinion really lets the symphony shine like it hasn't before.
The 8th Symphony has always been a very favorite of mine in the symphonic repetoire. With its very hummable melodies and terrific finale, it never ceases to impress me as one of the truly fun and great symphonies. Owning six different recordings of this symphony has helped me discern what I like in this symphony over what I don't like. This recording ranks up among my favorites. Particularly, the finale. The french horns are allowed to shine in this movement and they are some of the finest french horn players you'll hear on record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Exciting! July 16, 2009
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This blisteringly good release crackles with musical excitement. Sometimes we get so familiar with the music of Dvorak that we tend to take it for granted, but Chung's exciting performance reminds us just what a wonderful composer Dvorak was. If you can listen to the finale of the 8th without jumping up from your chair either to dance or to conduct, then you must have been strapped down. The warm sound of the Vienna Philharmonic is well suited to this music, and their sound is captured well by the DG recording team.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dvorak Conductor not to be Overlooked March 3, 2006
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Myung-Whun Chung may not be the first conductor's name that comes to mind for devotees of Dvorak's symphonies, but this recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra should change that. Rarely has a conductor found the sunniness and refreshing folk rhythms inherent in Dvorak as has Chung.

The Symphony No. 6 in D major was first published as No. 1 and in many ways it is the most luminous of the cycle. Here Chung uncovers all of the joy and lilting romanticism the '6th' contains. It is a joyous reading. And the same can be said of the Symphony No. 8 first published as No. 4. This is mature Dvorak fully in control of his orchestral language, finding the balance between lyricism and folk melodies that make this one of Dvorak's most popular works.

And so it is a welcome addition to the Dvorak recordings to discover Myung-Whun Chung's masterly approach to these works. Recommended for the standard library of classics! Grady Harp, March 06
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This recording, well made in 1999, joins the disc containing symphonies 3 and 7. As both have been of refreshingly high quality the hope was that there would be a third disc in the series coupling the lovely fifth symphony with the ninth. This has not so far materialised so collectors must be happy with what we have so far received.

Chung's approach to all of these works is essentially straightforward allowing Dvorak's inspiration to make its effect without hindrance or interference. Tempi are generally forward moving without being excessive and the emotional temperature is warmly affectionate. The Czech dance element, so important to Dvorak's music, is allowed to remind us of its origin and important textural points such as Dvorak's love of the horns, are enabled to cut through.

The sixth symphony is not over-endowed with competition so this bright and sparking performance is doubly welcome. It is on a par with the fine version from Jarvi who also takes a straightforward view with an awareness of drama. The eighth symphony is a far more regularly played work and there are many good recordings to choose from but this is also very good indeed and the two symphonies make a generous and very attractive pair.

The VPO play with the full string tone that they are known for and the woodwind and brass are able to make themselves heard with apparent ease. The woodwind dialogues are always important in Dvorak and the brass must be able to cut though at climatic moments. All of this is achieved on this disc.

I would therefore suggest that this disc makes a very attractive proposition for anyone interested in these two symphonies as a coupling. I would also suggest that the companion disc of symphonies 3 and 7 is equally worth considering.
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