Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen
Symfoni nr. 8, 'Sinfonia Boreale' (1952), 56
It is an expansive statement that Vagn Holmboe has placed in the subtitle of this work, "Sinfonia boreale" - Northern Symphony. So saying, he has not only declared himself geographically. He has also acknowledged a climate, a mentality and a tradition. There lie both a humility and a self-esteem in such a declaration. Through this title he affirms his heritage and breed and he calls down upon himself the names of his fathers: Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. But he does so with the awareness that also he and his generation have their unmistakable contribution to give.
His symphonic creativity reached a conclusion i 1951 with the Eighth Symphony, which was first performed two years later by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paul Klecki.
Text: Robert Naur 1967
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes