A Tour Of Dvorak's 8th, New Classical Recordings Featuring KC's Joyce DiDonato
Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 is joyful and romantic — fitting for the season, as we bid adieu to the bitter winter weather.
“It was written when Dvorak was at a resort, and this symphony sounds like that,” Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne told Steve Kraske on Up To Date.
Byrne gave listeners a guided tour of the composer's 8th symphony, from the gradual build of the first movement, the lilting waltz of the third, and the no-holds-barred finale, which Byrne describes as "one of the best things in music."
He recommended a recording of this work performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck.
Selections (Listed by composer, selection, ensemble/conductor):
- Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 8, performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony/Manfred Honeck.
- Johann Sebastian Bach, Air on the G-String, Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Edgarr.
- Giovanni Pacini, Aria from Stella di Napoli, Orchestre and Chorus of the Opera de Lyon/Riccardo Minasi. Featuring Joyce DiDonato, soloist.
- Morton Gould, Boogie Woogie Etude, Benjamon Grosvenor, piano.
- Frederic Chopin, Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53, Maurizio Pollini, piano.
- Sergei Prokofiev, Montagues and Capulets, Chicago Symphony/Ricardo Muti.
- Eugene Gigout, Grand Choeur Dialogue, Jan Kraybill, organ.
- Leo Delibes, March and Procession of Bacchus from Sylvia, San Francisco symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas.