Antonin Dvorak's second symphony, in B flat major, was written in the autumn of 1865, separated from Symphony No.1 by the song cycle Cypresses. It was scored for the same forces as its predecessor and is again in four movements. The circumstances of its composition were straitened: Dvorak's meagre income allowed him enough to share a room with a group of colleagues and friends, one of whom had a piano (an instrument he had been too poor to afford himself).
The symphony was performed once in Dvorak's lifetime, in 1888, in a revised version. Some people have noticed similarities between this symphony and Beethoven's Pastoral, especially in the mood of the two pieces, although it is also possible to detect an overt Wagnerian aspect to the work.
Symphony No.2 in B major, Op.4, by Dvorak :-
1) Allegro con moto 2) Poco adagio 3) Scherzo: Allegro con brio 4) Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Dvorak started work on Legends in late 1880, finishing it off in the following year. In November 1881, he set to work to orchestrate the Legends, dedicating the work to the critic Eduard Hanslick, who welcomed the pieces with some enthusiasm (as did the general public). The period of Legends composition and orchestration closley followed his Sixth Symphony, and was followed by work on the opera Dimitrij.
Although there are five separated tracks printed on the CD cover, there are actually ten pieces on the CD. They are Bohemian in character, imbued with the spirit of Dvorak's native country.
The CD is in VG+ condition.