Grieg’s Holberg Suite harks back to earlier times and musical styles, in an affectionate and successful way. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto sounds as fresh as if written in one burst of inspiration, but in fact cost the composer a great deal of time revising it after early performances and advice from his violinist friends. The quicksilver finale is unadulterated enjoyment. Dvořák’s most famous symphony, written in America while filled with longing for his Czech homeland, has an apparently inexhaustible flow of melodies, with a justly celebrated slow movement at its heart.
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