Herbert von Karajan conducts Dvořák's Symphony No. 9

Wiener Philharmoniker

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Invited by the progressive American arts patron Jeannette Thurber to become director of the naissant National Conservatory of Music of America in New York in October of 1892, Dvořák was initially hesitant to cross the ocean to accept her offer. Attached to his native country and boosted by his growing success on the European continent, his financial struggle to support his family of six children led him to say yes. His subsequent voyage would become the point of departure for one of the world’s most beloved symphonic works: his Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, which combines traditional slavic folk music with the new American musical horizons he encountered. Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic honor the Czech composer’s magnificent chef-d’œuvre with this captivating performance.

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