The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta plays the Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). This recording was made in January 1977 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. In the summer of 1889, Dvorák began work on his Eighth Symphony. Having converted a sheepfold in southern Bohemia to a country house, he chose this as his recluse to compose, interspersed with walks and tavern visits. The Symphony impresses with its wealth of ideas and with the thematic linking of the four movements. As Dvorák had published the Eighth in London, it received the misleading title "The English"; it contains no musical references to England and was premiered in 1890 under Dvorák’s direction in Prague. However, Dvorák conducted the Eighth in June 1891 in Cambridge on the eve of his appointment as honorary doctor of music.





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