Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, A. Dvořák
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Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103, A. Bruckner

1.40 h (w/out intermission)

Program notes Jose Antonio Canton

When considering Dvořák as a symphonist, three aspects must be taken into account: first of all his training as a viola player in the Bohemian Provisional Theatre Orchestra during his youth, followed by his ten years with the National Theatre Orchestra of Prague; secondly, his acceptance and reflection in Schubert’s symphonic repertoire as a vehicle which would determine the expressive trajectory of his symphonies; and lastly, the crystallisation of popular and nationalist influences in the inspiration for his compositions, all of it mixed with his great talent.     
The Austrian composer Anton Bruckner is one of history’s most noteworthy symphonists. The marked tendency of his orchestral works towards monumentality is seen in their size, in which themes and developments reproduce themselves on the basis of ample instrumentation, which produces his characteristic sonorous volume density, in which he seeks to exalt the perfect chord, convinced as he is by the Wagnerian diatonic system which he greatly admired. Thus, it is possible to affirm that his symphonies constitute, in a certain manner, an orchestral replica of Wagner’ dramatic lyricism, without reaching the brilliant German opera composer’s blends and amalgams of timbre, to whom Bruckner dedicated his Third Symphony.

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