Suk Ripening

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek - Josef Suk: Ripening, Op.34; Praga, Op.26 (1993)

Josef Suk: Ripening, Op.34; Praga, Op.26 (1993)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pešek, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0777 7 59318 2 2 | Time: 01:06:52

Joseph Suk's Ripening is one of the most amazing of all post-Romantic orchestral works. It is immensely complex in its structure: a celestial introduction is followed by a cogent progress of scherzos and slow movements, of funeral marches and fugues, all concluded by a serene coda. Yet the work is immediately comprehensible as a musical drama, made clear through the coherence of the thematic and harmonic material. Pesek and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic perform like modern-day deities. They fall short of the heights of Talich and the Czech Philharmonic, but Talich gave the work its premiere. Nonetheless, Pesek gives Ripening his very considerable all: his concentration holds the gigantic structure together as a single arch. Plus, his players articulate every instrumental detail, right down to the beatific wordless women's choir at the work's close. Highly recommended.
Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999)

Josef Suk - Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 443-2 | Time: 01:05:33

The steady increase in recordings of his music has now established Suk as one of the great musical poets of the early 20th century. Too much is made of his affinities with his teacher and father-in-law, Dvorák; for his own part, Dvorák never imposed his personality on his pupils and Suk's mature music owes him little more than a respect for craft and an extraordinarily well developed ear for orchestral colour. His affinities in the five-movement A Summer's Tale, completed in 1909 – a magnificent successor to his profound Asrael Symphony – reflect Debussy and parallel the music of his friend Sibelius and Holst, but underpinning the musical language is a profound originality energising both form and timbre.
Mackerras's recording joins a select band: Šejna's vintage performance on Supraphon and Pešek's inspired rendition with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; his is an equal to them both and the Czech Philharmonic's playing is both aspiring and inspiring.
Royal Liverpool PO, Libor Pesek - Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27 (1991)

Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27 (1991)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pešek, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 91221-2 | Time: 01:02:09

Dvorak's pupil and son-in-law Josef Suk was a fine violinist and a modest, highly capable composer known chiefly for a charming but unadventurous Serenade for Strings composed in his teens. But Dvorak's death in 1904 inspired him to the greatest creative effort of his life – an intensely emotional, richly elaborated memorial symphony, lasting an hour and named "Asrael" for the Islamic angel of death. The emotional content of the work became intensified during its composition when Suk's wife (Dvorak's daughter), Otylka, died when she was only 27, and "Asrael" became an elegy for father and daughter. The full power of this work is felt in this recording (Virgin 7-91221-2) by Libor Pesek and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvorak, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)

Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvorak, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 309 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 173 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 2059

The two large-scale works by Dvořák and Smetana are complemented here by the one- movement Elegy, by Josef Suk, Dvořák’s student and later son-in-law. Formed in 2007, the Sitkovetsky Trio performs worldwide and has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, but is here making its début on disc, in a programme perfectly suited to the ensemble’s virtuosic and impassioned music-making.
Josef Suk - BBC Symphony Orchestra - Jiri Belohlavek - A Summer's Tale / Prague (2012) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & Hi-Res FLAC}

Josef Suk - A Summer's Tale / Prague
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Jiri Belohlavek
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,83 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,23 GB | Full Artwork: 106 MB
Label/Cat#: Chandos # CHSA 5109 | Country/Year: UK 2012 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Late Romantic, Early 20th Century

"…This new Belohlavek version gives us the best of both worlds by combining nobility of utterance and a passionate advocacy of this stirring music in glorious 5.0 multi-channel sound.
The committed playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in both works exemplifies their respect both for Belohlavek as arguably the finest interpreter of Czech music alive today and their enthusiasm for the composer's regrettably still neglected output. This SACD is a mandatory purchase for lovers of Suk's opulent scores and audiophiles alike." ~sa-cd.net
Josef Suk, Otilie Sukova-Dvorakova, Josef Suk Ing. - Piano Music (Visek)

Josef Suk, Otilie Sukova-Dvorakova, Josef Suk Ing. - Piano Music (Visek)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Cover+Booklet | 231 Mb
Label: ArcoDiva - Date: 2000

Not only is this an intriguing programme with some premiere recordings but also it’s played on Suk’s own Bösendorfer. There’s even a colour photograph of Tomáš Víšek playing it in Křečovice surrounded as he is by Suk memorabilia. The works include his well known Jaro or Spring but Arco Diva adds the much less played opus 22 stable mate Letní dojmy (Summer Impressions). The Two and Three Piano Pieces have never been recorded before and nor has Spanish Capers. We also have four little morceaux by Dvořák’s daughter and Suk’s short-lived wife, Otilie as well as four attractive pieces by Suk’s son, also Josef. None of these have ever been recorded………
Jonathan Woolf @ musicweb-international
Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

Charles-Valentin Alkan - The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008
Dong-Suk Kang, violin; Yvan Chiffoleau, cello; Olivier Gardon, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | # 1C1139 | Time: 01:14:09

Alkan was counted in Busoni's pantheon of five romantics alongside Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Brahms and Schumann are the references in the euphoric Grand Duo Concertant - nothing short of a 20 or so minute Sonata in three turbulent movements. This is a work of diving romance and if Alkan had stopped in the style of the first movement then we would have been able to 'place' Alkan. Instead we get a second movement that clamours in bass heavy capering for all the world like a picture of a Black Sabbath. As if to make ‘amends’ the finale is back to the helter-skelter tumble of vivacity we find in the first movement. This euphoria carries over into the Cello Sonata which is in four classically well-tailored movements. Alkan's originality or eccentricity (take your pick) returns for the Adagio which is part sentimental and part affecting. This perhaps offers a parallel with Joseph Holbrooke's chamber works in which sublime ideas and treatment suddenly find themselves up against kitsch music hall ditties. A wild saltarello with grand manner Hungarian gestures from the piano round out the picture.

Mariss Jansons - Dvorak & Suk (2016)  Music

Posted by tomashass at Sept. 28, 2016
Mariss Jansons - Dvorak & Suk (2016)

Mariss Jansons - Dvorak & Suk (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:13:14 | 169 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BR Klassik

Dvorak's lyrical and cheerful Eighth Symphony, which premiered successfully in Prague on February 2, 1890, is one of the famous Bohemian composer's most often-played works. He succeeded here ""in writing a work different from my other symphonies, with individual thoughts elaborated in a new way"". Every movement and every melody in this music reflects the fact that it was wholly inspired by the landscape of Bohemia.
Dong-Suk Kang, Gothenburg SO, Neeme Jarvi - Jean Sibelius: Humoresques, Serenades, Overture, Ballet Scene (1990)

Jean Sibelius - Six Humoresques, Two Serenades, Overture in E major, Ballet Scene (1990)
Dong-Suk Kang, violin; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 284 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-472 | Time: 01:01:42

The two Serenades ‘sung’ by the more rapturously Oistrakh-like Kang are sentimental and are recorded with rich immediacy. The Six Humoresques also arrive courtesy of Kang. These are magical bonbons - each weighted and balanced to perfection even though I favour the rawer vintage set glowingly recorded by Rosand and still available on Vox. True Sibelians must not miss these works and Kang and his orchestra do catch these silvery spells and confident little drinking songs - pride and eloquence, seduction and midnight poetry haunt these pages and it's all one especially well.
Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Suk - Fantasy (2016)

Antonín Dvořák - Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk - Fantasy in G minor (2016)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:06:30
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1279-5

This performance of the fiery Fantasy in G minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 24, of Josef Suk, with violinist Christan Tetzlaff catching the full impact of the irregular form with its dramatic opening giving out into a set of variations, is impressive. And Tetzlaff delivers pure warm melody in the popular Romance in F minor, Op. 11, of Dvorák. But the real reason to acquire this beautifully recorded Ondine release is the performance of the Dvorák Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, a work of which there are plenty of recordings, but that has always played second fiddle (if you will) to the Brahms concerto. Tetzlaff and the Helsinki Philharmonic under John Storgårds create a distinctive and absorbing version that can stand with the great Czech recordings of the work. Sample anywhere, but especially the slow movement, where Tetzlaff's precise yet rich sound, reminiscent for those of a certain age of Henryk Szeryng, forms a striking contrast with Storgårds' glassy Nordic strings. In both outer movements as well, Tetzlaff delivers a warm yet controlled performance that is made to stand out sharply.