The Eighth Symphony is a monumental work, full of the composer’s characteristic ‘trade marks’ but taking them further than ever before: a mysterious opening, dramatic climaxes and contrasts, a lively dancing scherzo, a heartfelt slow movement – he believed it was his best one – and finally a very powerful finale which brings it all together in a glorious blaze of triumph.
Scherzo. Allegro moderato – Trio, langsam
Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
Finale. Fierlich, nicht schnell