Dvorak: Symphony 8 & 9 / Ivan Fischer
Label: Channel Classics
Format: SACD HYBRID
In these sixteen highly varied and colorful dances, Dvorák offers stylized, even idealized dance fantasias that intermingle folk elements with his own inspired melodies so effectively, so disarmingly and so artistically that for the most part they have defied attempts by musicologists to uncover the folk sources. Whereas the first set had featured predominantly Czech dances, the second set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances is more broadly Slavonic, incorporating Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Russian elements in addition to Dvorák's favorite melancholy dumka strains. A reissue of Iván Fischer's original recording for Philips, this SACD makes a welcome return to the active catalogue.