Dvorák was a strong voice in the re-establishment of Czech musical identity, and the noble themes, open landscapes and dancing Scherzo of the Symphony No. 6 bear the stamp of a genius at his height. The work can also be heard as a tribute to Brahms, who had helped him earlier in his career. Janácek's charming Idyll reflects his preoccupation with Moravian folk-songs and rhythms as well as the influence of his friend Dvorák, identified by Jaroslav Vogel as the work's "spiritual godfather." Gerard Schwarz is the Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony.
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / JANACEK, L.: Idyll (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)