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Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 - Symphony No. 8

Houston Symphony Orchestra, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

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Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70  
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I. Allegro maestoso
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
11:04
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II. Poco adagio
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
10:03
3
III. Scherzo. Vivace
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
7:36
4
IV. Finale. Allegro
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
9:32
Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88  
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I. Allegro con brio
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
10:30
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II. Adagio
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
11:06
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III. Allegretto grazioso
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
6:04
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IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Antonín Dvořák; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada
10:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:33
Grammy Award nomination - Producer of the Year, Classical, 2016

The Houston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada present concert recordings of two of Dvořák's mature symphonies, each of which, though different in character, represent the composer at his best. Symphony No. 7 exudes rebelliousness and was written as a reaction to the treatment Dvořák’s homeland had received at the hands of the ruling Austro-Hungarian Empire. In stark contrast, the sunshine of Symphony No. 8, influenced by Dvořák’s rural surroundings, clears the air after the storms of the Symphony No. 7. These performances were recorded live in April 2014 and March 2015.

“The Houston Symphony has a strong connection with Romantic composers, so from the very beginning we were excited to feature Dvořák’s symphonies ... what we’re trying to convey in these recordings, from an interpretation point of view, is the transparency of the soul of Dvořák’s music. His music is extremely romantic, but also nationalistic and at the same time it comes from the classical school."
- Andrés Orozco-Estrada
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Executive producer: Blanton Alspaugh
Recording engineers: Mark Donahue (No. 7), John Newton, Dirk Sobotka (No. 8)
Mixing and mastering engineer: Mark Donahue
Liner notes: Steven Brown
German translation: Franz Steiger
Cover photo: Anthony Rathbun
Design: Joost de Boo
Product manager: Olga Brauers

Recorded at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, USA, April 2014 (No. 7) and March 2015 (No. 8)

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