Symphony in D (Voříšek)
The Symphony in D major, Op. 24, is the only work in this genre by the Bohemian-born composer Jan Václav Voříšek. It is a very early example of a Romantic symphony, although it could also be seen as a late example of a Classical work. It was written in 1821, when Voříšek was aged 30; he died young, at only 34.
It is scored for a standard classical orchestra typical of late Haydn or early Beethoven symphonies: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings. Indeed, it has often been compared to early Beethoven, although it was written only six years before that master's death, 16 months after Voříšek. He was a friend of Schubert and may well have been influenced by that composer as well.
The movements are:
- Allegro con brio
- Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo
- Finale: Allegro con brio.
The Symphony in D has been recorded by:
- Czech National Symphony Orchestra under Paul Freeman
- Czech Philharmonic under Karel Ančerl
- Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Thomas Hengelbrock
- New Philharmonia Orchestra under Michael Bialoguski
- Prague Philharmonia under Jiří Bělohlávek
- Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras
- West German Sinfonia Orchestra under Dirk Joeres.