CD of the week: Dvorak Symphony No.7 & Symphony No.8

11 January: Classic FM Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia's latest release is CD of the Week.

If you like Dvorak’s famous Symphony No.9 (‘From the New World’), we think you’ll enjoy getting to know Nos.7 and 8 on this CD.

The first of Dvorak’s symphonies to exhibit such expressivity and sometimes called the ‘Tragic’ Symphony, No.7 is a hidden gem. No.8 shows lots of folk influences – perhaps Dvorak’s ‘Pastoral’ symphony.

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts these performances, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall to capture the immediacy that studio performances so often lack.