SUK: Symphony No. 2, “Asrael”; KREJCI: Serenata for Orchestra – Southwest Orchestra of Baden-Baden/ Karel Ancerl – SWR
Karel Ancerl in 1957 delivers his passionate rendering of Suk’s autobiographical Second Symphony.
Orgel delivers a perfect disc for the keyboard collector of new and often challenging works.
The French genius of the violin died too early, but her collected studio recordings testify to an immortal talent.
Pianist Lada Valesova finds a musical thread in the form of the dumka that connects the souls of Slavic composers.
“In a New Light” – Trio Voce = ZEMLINSKY: Piano Trio in D Minor; SUK: Piano Trio in C Minor; ARENSKY: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor – Trio Voce – Con Brio
In three pianos trio from the late Nineteenth Century, Trio Voce makes an indelible impression for suave mastery of their respective medium.
SMETANA: From My Homeland; DVORAK: Romance in F Minor; SUK: Four Pieces; JANACEK: Violin Sonata – Silvie Hessova, violin/ Daniel Wiesner, p. – Cube Bohemia
Two young Czech artists celebrate their national heritage in 2004 performances of lyrical beauty and strong conviction.
SUK: Symphony in C Minor “Asrael”; BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem – BBC Symphony Orch./ Jiri Belohlavek – Supraphon (2 CDs)
The Prague concert of June 1, 2008 celebrates conductor Belohlavek’s mastery of the two nations in his musical bloodstream, Czechoslovakia and Britain.
DVORAK: Cypresses for String Quartet; String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106 – Cypress String Quartet – Avie
The gorgeous talent of Antonin Dvorak in the string quartet medium has splendid accounts in this new addition to his cycle from the Cypress String Quartet.
SUK: Serenade for Strings in E–flat Major; DVORAK: Serenade for Strings in E Major; Nocturne – Appassionata/ Daniel Myssyk – Fidelio
The Canadian chamber ensemble Appassionata performs two enchanting string serenades by Czech masters Suk and Dvorak in exemplary renditions and fine sound.
SUK: Piano Quartet in A Minor; Four Pieces for Violin & Piano; Piano Quintet in G Minor – The Nash Ensemble – Helios
Josef Suk’s chamber music strikes out on its own melodic path in these captivating works, brilliantly performed by the Nash Ensemble in 2003.
Julia Fischer – Poeme = Works of RESPIGHI; SUK; CHAUSSON; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – Julia Fischer, violin/Orch. Philharmonique de Monte Carlo/Yakov Kreizberg – Decca
Violin virtuoso Julia Fischer brings some refreshed new repertory to the usual stable of bravura showpieces for her chosen instrument.
JANACEK: Violin Sonata; GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 2; FRANCK: Violin Sonata – Vadim Repin, violin/Nikolai Lugansky, p. – DGG
“Like childbirth, it‘s worth the pain,” claim the participants in this diversely passionate violin-piano recital.
VIKTOR KALABIS: Piano Concerto No. 1; Sym. No. 4; Two Worlds; Sym. No. 5; Ch. Music for Strings; Divertimento for Winds; String Quartet No. 2; Canonic Inventions; Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord; Trio; Sonata for Trombone & Piano – MSR (3 CDs)
A royal feast of music from one of the most important Czech composers of the second half of the twentieth century.