Nicholas Collon conductor
Benjamin Baker violin
After the sobriety of his Symphony No. 7, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 harks back to the cheerful Czech feeling of earlier symphonies. The rustic dance of the third movement carries an infectious good humour, whilst the finale offers somewhat of a rarity for Dvořák, as the composer incorporates an inspired set of variations that build towards the movement’s moving climax. Alongside, Benjamin Baker performs Brahms's Violin Concerto, which the composer dedicated to his friend and the most famous violinist of the day, Joseph Joachim.