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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2011, 09:38:09 AM »
What about Suk's chamber music? Any recommends to look out for?

There's a complete 3-disc set on Supraphon. I have it but haven't heard it yet, so I can't vouch for it.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2011, 06:10:17 PM »
The Hyperion disc of the piano quartet and quintet is highly recommendable, his quartets are very fine but I find them to be less essential given the competition in the field even amongst his compatriots.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2011, 07:35:02 PM »
I find myself enjoying Pohadka "Fairy Tale" more and more each time I hear it. I guess it's the orchestration and harmonies. I especially like the Funeral Music section which is only a 6-7 minute movement, but is so poignant and haunting.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2012, 09:12:31 AM »
Looks like a new recording of Asrael is in the pipeline and coupled with Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem:



Anyone else going to be buying this? I know I am! Belohlavek is one of my favorite conductors of Czech music.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2012, 09:41:36 AM »
Has anyone heard this Asrael recording:

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #45 on: June 06, 2012, 09:57:00 AM »
Suk's music can divided up into two distinct periods: the works before Asrael which are all the pre-1905-06 works where his musical language contained more folk-like melodies and his harmony more bright and definitely in a late-Romantic idiom, then Asrael and everything after a shift in tone occurs. The music became more introspective, grim, and tragic. The musical language relied less on his earlier phase and he began to develop his own highly personal style. I wonder where he would have gone had he lived longer? His music was definitely approaching early Modernism. The last large scale work he composed was Epilogue which is something he worked on for nine years written for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Suk, along with Janacek and Martinu, is one of the more interesting Czech composers of the 20th Century IMHO. He created his own personal idiom and he wrote from his heart. An incredible composer.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #46 on: June 06, 2012, 10:02:28 AM »
"Things Lived and Dreamed op.30" is probably his most interesting piano work, a cycle somewhat modernistic, quirky and approahing the daring cycles of Janacek. There is a fine historical recording by Frantisek Maxian and a fine one by Pavel Stepan too. I haven´t heard the Naxos recording or others.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2012, 10:06:00 AM »
"Things Lived and Dreamed" is probably his most interesting piano work, a cycle somewhat modernistic, quirky and approahing the daring cycles of Janacek. There is a fine historical recording by Frantisek Maxian and a fine one by Pavel Stepan too. I haven´t heard the Naxos recording.

Cool, thanks for the suggestion. I would like to get Suk's chamber works too, but it appears the Supraphon box set is out-of-print. I should have bought when I had the chance.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #48 on: March 11, 2013, 04:48:04 AM »
Hello, recently I felt in love with Josef Suk's Scherzo Fantastique op. 25. If you never listened to it before I strongly suggest you to do it. I am amazed by the fact that there is so much great music, however not so famous, because a lot composers lived in the shadow of others.

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #49 on: September 26, 2014, 03:00:55 AM »
Josef Suk's About Mother was strongly recommended to me; indeed it's a wonderful solo piano set, I liked it very much, especially the third and the fourth piece. The nocturnal How Mother Sang at Night to the Sick Child is quiet and peaceful, but at the same time also deep, thoughtful and evocative; the pedal ostinato and the development of the melody through various tonal progressions depict a beautiful atmosphere. About Mother's Heart is melancholic, but very fascinating; I loved how the irregular ostinato softly shades in perdendosi before the lyrical, sweet middle section, as well as the changes in mood and dynamics, very suggestive and meaninful.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #50 on: September 27, 2014, 10:26:17 AM »
Has anyone heard this Asrael recording:



Only two years later! Yes, great performance.
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« Reply #51 on: September 27, 2014, 07:14:01 PM »
Only two years later! Yes, great performance.

Ha! Thanks, Jeffrey. 8)
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #52 on: October 16, 2015, 12:53:18 PM »
Listening to the Mackerras disc with Czech Phil. and boy, am I late to the party or what? Summer's Tale conclusion is simply GORGEOUS and what can I say about the Fantastic scherzo that hasn't been said already? Should definitely be part of the canon, dammit! Such lovely, lovely work.

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #53 on: October 16, 2015, 01:17:49 PM »
to hear Suk regularly, if at all, in-concert, I'm afraid you'd have to be in the Czech Republic . . .

Very good composer, and grandson a great violinist!
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #54 on: October 16, 2015, 01:37:25 PM »
to hear Suk regularly, if at all, in-concert, I'm afraid you'd have to be in the Czech Republic.

I am ;) And believe it or not, still catching up with some of the great composers my country has to offer.

With Suk, I was underwhelmed when l listened to Azrael years ago, but now he certainly has my full attention.

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #55 on: October 16, 2015, 01:40:13 PM »
I am ;) And believe it or not, still catching up with some of the great composers my country has to offer.

With Suk, I was underwhelmed when l listened to Azrael years ago, but now he certainly has my full attention.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #56 on: October 16, 2015, 01:54:00 PM »
sorry, didn't notice your location - duh!  :-)   

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #57 on: October 16, 2015, 02:56:55 PM »
Listening to the Mackerras disc with Czech Phil. and boy, am I late to the party or what? Summer's Tale conclusion is simply GORGEOUS and what can I say about the Fantastic scherzo that hasn't been said already? Should definitely be part of the canon, dammit! Such lovely, lovely work.
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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #58 on: October 17, 2015, 05:30:39 AM »
Two words for you, Rinaldo: About Mother.

Duly noted! Found this performance at the Czech Museum of Music:

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Re: Josef Suk 1875-1935
« Reply #59 on: July 27, 2016, 06:35:30 AM »
Just bought 3 CDs with a selection of Suk's orchestral works, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.





I'm quite curious. I've never heard Kirill Petrenko - actually he made very few recordings so far - and I've read somewhere he has been championing Suk's music for years.
Here with a Berlin Orchestra, of course, but not yet the famous one... ;)


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