Dvorak, following a long line of classical composers displayed a prodigious talent for music at an early age, expressing sublime tendencies on the violin at the age of six, a certain type of genius whose music would always convey a distinctness of clarity while retaining an awe inspiring depth. Adhering to a fiercely proud tradition in Czech of nationalism, expressed musically through a romantic inclination toward the country's past, lost traditions, rituals and ideals; Dvorak delved in to Czech history to create music which was imbued with a yearning, a nostalgic sadness and ancient pride. Described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them."
Considered a favourite of ardent and discerning Dvorak admirers, the musical integrity and sense of personal joy and purpose with which Dvorak worked on this piece, in which he took inspiration from Bohemian folk music which Dvorak loved, imbues the piece with a sense of the ardent, of joy and buoyant optimism. Furthermore, part of the captivating charm of this piece is the way in which it unnervingly connects directly to the listeners capacity to experience pleasure, in a way which is direct, melodic and un-reflective. Of his ability to almost effortlessly write with such charisma, the Guardian states, "composing a whole symphony that teems with tunes that appeal straight to the musical pleasure zones of any listener." Perhaps, for all the technical talent, the meticulous musical structure and command of expression, a fluency in the way music can draw out, adorn and give credence to the nuanced complexities of the human condition, which Dvorak undoubtedly possesses, it is, as the same article in the Guardian writes, that it provides the listener with "35 minutes (or so) of life-enhancing joy."
Vinyl is in fine fettle, with some dust. Box is a pleasure, and has remained mostly untouched by time, with only some markings on the corners.
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