"Alexander Moyzes (1906-84) created the Slovak national style... Symphony 7 is his biggest, most impressive symphony... [Symphony 8] was written in response to the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of 1968, so why shouldn't it be angry? It was banned until 1989, too."
"Before the late Ladislav Slovák began his traversal of the 12 symphonies of his compatriot Alexander Moyzes (1906-84), Moyzes was generally perceived as a composer of lighter music. We now know better -- and the symphonies themselves get finer as the series progresses ... Moyzes's Seventh Symphony ... opens, in a beautiful, albeggiante pastorale -- quite the loveliest thing I've heard from Moyzes -- which leads into a jolly, even rumbustious, folk dance. The finale brings to mind Shostakovich's Fifth ... in communicating the sense of forced rejoicing.
Ladislav Slovák, who died in 1999, does Moyzes as proud in these two releases as in the previous recordings in the cycle: reliable playing; good sound."
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