Symphony No. 8 in G major
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Mariss Jansons
Reviewed: 23 July, 2020
The late Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons appeared at the Proms in 2004 with his renowned German orchestra, of which he was Chief Conductor from 2003 until the end of his life. Together they present Richard Strauss’s autobiographical showpiece, Ein Heldenleben.
Opening the programme is Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. Written at his brother-in-law’s estate around 30 miles outside of Prague, the symphony reflects Dvořák’s pastoral surroundings, and gives a flavour of the profusion of ideas to come in his ‘New World’ Ninth.