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On demand: Dvořák's Symphony no. 7 in D minor

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden

The beginning of Dvorák’s Symphony no. 7 in D minor is subdued and mysterious, but it blossoms into radiant joy. Many people assert that the seventh symphony is one of Dvorák’s best pieces. Star American conductor Karina Canellakis is among them, and she leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this performance.

Dvorák composed his seventh symphony after hearing Brahms’ third symphony, which he perceived as a "musical vitamin injection". But even if Dvorák was inspired by his mentor Brahms, who was eight years his senior, this music is unique and extremely personal. The symphony overflows with whimsy and extremes: elation and joyful outbursts, sorrow and contemplation.  

Nature is important to Dvorák and despite his many successes, he took a grounded approach to life and art. The slow movement of the seventh symphony is carried by a simple and unbelievably beautiful melody, first played by the clarinets. Pure and unaffected, it is inspired by folk music. Sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful. The third movement is a melancholy and yet dancing scherzo and the finale offers genuine release.

Filmed in October 2018.

And if you love this piece, watch it again performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

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