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DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 8 / The Golden Spinning-Wheel / Scherzo capriccioso (Malaysian Philharmonic, Flor)

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release date: August 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Flor, Claus Peter

Claus Peter Flor


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 78:12
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DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 8 / The Golden Spinning-Wheel / Scherzo capriccioso (Malaysian Philharmonic, Flor)

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Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163

1 I. Allegro con brio 10:10
2 II. Adagio 10:32
3 III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace 5:52
4 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 10:00

The Golden Spinning-Wheel, Op. 109, B. 197


Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66, B. 131

 Claus Peter Flor Conductor
 Flor, Claus Peter

With his Seventh Symphony, Dvorák had proved that he could compose a ‘respectable’ symphony (as he himself termed it), and had done so to both critical and public acclaim. Four years later, when he began to work on its successor, he apparently felt free to return to a more familiar idiom, and after the serious Seventh – which Dvorák at one stage had considered giving the nickname ’Tragic’ – Symphony No.8 was a lighter work, with its roots firmly planted in the composer’s beloved Czech folk­lore. It is probably the freest of his mature symphonies from a formal point of view, and has interesting parallels with Mahler’s First Symphony, which was premièred shortly after Dvorák had completed his own work. Imitations of the sounds of nature, pas­toral subjects and fanfares feature in both symphonies, and both evoke a funeral march and a chorale.

The work is here coupled with the symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, based on an epic poem by the Czech poet Karel Erben. Complete with a wicked stepmother, a dismembering and a magic spinning wheel of gold, this rather cruel fairy-tale is followed by the shorter Scherzo capriccioso. This consistently light-hearted piece was actually composed during one of the darkest periods of Dvorák’s life following the death of his mother in 1882. All of the other works written at this time – including Symphony No.7 – are characterized by a dark, even tragic mood and it is as if Dvorák in this Scherzo felt the need to once again express unrestrained joy.

Claus Peter Flor and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra have just released their performance of Symphony No.7 – a recording which has received top marks (‘10/10’) on the website Classics Today France, whose reviewer described it as ‘a striking disc’ offering ‘a revitalized vision of these major orchestral works’.

 "... I really enjoyed this recording. for one thing the sound is simply gorgeous: rich, warm, Brahmsian..."

Donald Vroon - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

"I have always found Claus Peter Flor to be a very interesting, insightful, and exciting conductor, and he does not disappoint here. This is a very attractive and generous program of some of Dvorak’s greates music... The sound of the SACD hybrid disc is stunning in its impact and clarity ... you will not want to miss this disc."

Merlin Paterson - Fanfare - March/April 2013


Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - November 2012

                     IRR Outstanding

"... this must surely rank among the most desirable collections of the composer’s orchestral music to have emerged over recent years. Intelligently planned, too, in its coupling of symphony, symphonic poem and overture... enhanced by the alacrity of the Malaysian Philharmonic’s response, the spaciously immediate SACD sound and Jean-Pascal Vachon’s engagingly contentious notes: all amounting to the strongest recommendation."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - October 2012

"... sympathetic interpretations of The Golden Spinning Wheel and the rumbunctious Scherzo capriccioso."  ****

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - November 2012

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