Risto Lauriala - Josef Suk: Six Piano Pieces, About Mother, Moods (2001)

Risto Lauriala - Josef Suk: Six Piano Pieces, About Mother, Moods (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:34 | 209 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.553762

Josef Suk (1874-1935), student and son-in-law of Antonin Dvorák, is one of music's hidden treasures. At the beginning of his career, as in the Six Piano Pieces, he wrote a reasonable facsimile of his teacher's music. The first of these pieces, "Love Song," is the best known of the set, but it's not the only beautiful one. "Moods," even less familiar music, is similarly lovely. By the time he wrote About Mother, Suk had been through the experience that was to transform his life: the early death of his greatly beloved wife, Otilie.
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) ~ 283 Mb | Scans included
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.
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) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | 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.
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) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | 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.
Josef Suk, Jan Panenka, Josef Chuchro - Beethoven: Concertos (2012)

Josef Suk, Jan Panenka, Josef Chuchro - Beethoven: Concertos (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:41:49 | 1,34 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Supraphon | Catalog: SU 4107-2

Following the collections of symphonies (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kletzki, SU 4051-2) and violin sonatas (Suk, Panenka, SU 4077-2), Supraphon is now releasing the complete Beethoven concertante pieces. All of them (including the Triple Concerto and the genre-unique Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra) came into being within a mere sixteen years, between 1793 and 1809. Although Beethoven deemed the piano "an imperfect instrument", his five piano concertos form one of the cornerstones of his oeuvre and represent a significant landmark in this genre.
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) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 91221-2 | Time: 01:02:09

Josef Suk was a pupil of the great Czech composer Dvorák. He married Dvorák's daughter Otilie (who, by the way, was also talented as a composer). Suk began this symphony after the death of his beloved mentor and father-in-law, Dvorák. Otilie died toward the end of its composition, which prompted Suk to recompose it and invest it with even deeper feeling. At that time he added the subtitle, which is the name of the legendary "Angel of Death" who attends the souls of the departed and offers them hope. The hour-long, five-movement work is a passionate outpouring of feeling. The first contrasts two themes representing, on the one hand, destiny and death and, on the other, happiness in life. The second, an Andante, is a funeral march. The third is a scherzo contrasting the dance of death and reminiscences of life. The fourth movement, a radiantly tragic Adagio, is said to be a portrait of Otilie. The fifth movement begins in a stern mood, but gradually offers hope, closing in peace and bliss. It is a deeply affecting work in a style fairly similar to that of Richard Strauss' tone poems.
Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef 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) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1279-5 | Time: 01:06:30

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.
Minguet Quartett, Matthias Kirschnereit - Josef Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet; Piano Quintet (2014)

Minguet Quartett, Matthias Kirschnereit - Josef Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet; Piano Quintet (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 553 Mb | Total time: 124:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 652–2 | Recorded: 2010-2012

For CPO the Minguet Quartet has now recorded Suk's complete oeuvre for string quartet with Matthias Kirschnereit joining them for the early piano quintet. From this early quintet, a cosmos of the most wonderful chamber music spreads out before us, now finally documented by a young generation of artists.
Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

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

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
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. While their reading is suffused with a feeling for the work's myriad orchestral colours, they recognise that Suk's music is much more than atmosphere. In particular they excel in their handling of the drama and overwhelming emotional urgency of this remarkable, big-boned symphonic poem.

Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvořák, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at June 12, 2023
Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvořák, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)

Sitkovetsky Trio - Dvořák, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:11 | 327 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-SACD-2059

If you’ve not previously heard of the Sitkovetsky Trio, it’s because this is the ensemble’s recording debut. Formed in 2007 by three young musicians who met at Menuhin School in England, the group won first prize at the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award just one year later, and then the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival one year after that in 2009.