- Symphony No. 6 in D major (first published as No. 1, Op. 58), B. 112 (Op. 60)
- Symphony No. 8 in G major (first published as No. 4), B. 163 (Op.88)
Many commentators have noted how Brahmsian Dvorák's Sixth Symphony seems. Listening to this recording, however, Brahms hardly ever comes to mind. Conductor Myung-Whun Chung and the Vienna Philharmonic give a performance so buoyant and full of rhythmic flair that the symphony sounds more like a natural extension of Dvorák's Slavonic Dances. Chung generally keeps the tempos fleet and firm, often with exciting results, as in the wild furiant of the third movement (really furious, for once) and in the finale's dashing coda, where Chung's breakneck tempo gives the Viennese players the chance to show off their virtuosity. His interpretation of the Eighth is equally exhilarating, though more pliable. Chung maneuvers gracefully through Dvorák's lush melodic landscape, frequently relaxing the tempo to allow those inimitable Viennese strings ample opportunity to dig in with their warm tone. These exceptionally characterful, brilliantly recorded performances deserve to stand alongside the classic versions by Kubelik (DG) and Kertesz (Decca).