Conductor and cellist, Marek Stryncl formed Musica Florea in 1992. Since then they have explored the Czech Baroque repertoire, with ventures into Italian and French music. Their aim is always to present the composer by using performance practice current at the time of composition.
Over the years, Musica Florea have recorded mainly with Supraphon, and notably, in 2003, with Magdalena Kozena in a programme of Arias from cantatas and oratorios by J S Bach for DG.
During 2004, Marek Stryncl and Musica Florea began to explore the music of Dvorak. Czech label, Arta, now offer this World Premiere Recording of his Symphonies No's 7 and 8, plus several shorter pieces, performed on instruments of the time in which Dvorak composed these works.
“The overwhelming reason for investing in Štryncl's performance is the orchestral sonority, notably in the wind and brass playing, excellently captured in a vivid recording.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ***
“What I especially liked about this new disc is the naturalness of both readings, always unaffected yet with plenty of discernible character...Tempi are flexibly negotiated and there's plenty of light and shade among the textures.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010