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Dvorak, Suk: Serenades Tcheques

Dvorak / Orch De Chambre Appassionata / Myssyk
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Fidelio Musique   Catalog #: 36   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Josef SukAntonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Daniel Myssyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Appassionata Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SUK Serenade for Strings in E?, Op. 6. DVO?ÁK Serenade for Strings in E?, Op. 22. Nocturne for Strings in B, Op. 40 Daniel Myssyk, cond; Appassionata CO FIDELIO 036 (64:05)


Here are two of the loveliest and most popular string serenades, with Dvo?ák’s Read more style="font-style:italic">Nocturne for String Orchestra thrown in for good measure. But apart from the performances, which are absolutely glorious, I must comment on the sound of the recording. A blurb on the back page of the enclosed booklet provides details on Fidelio’s X2HD process, which, among other things, makes use of all tube analog components. The results are simply astounding. I’ve heard lots of very impressive recordings, both of the two-channel stereo and multichannel SACD variety, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like this. The disc opens on a soundstage of such breadth, depth, clarity, and transparency that all sense of speakers, amplifiers, and other electronics between you and the orchestra quite literally disappears. You are there. The image is so realistic, it’s almost freakish. For this alone I would extend this release the strongest possible recommendation.


But should that not be recompense enough for you, Suk’s and Dvo?ák’s string serenades are among the three or four most beautiful works of their type, radiant of countenance and ripe with romantic plenty. To give it its formal name, the Appassionata Orchestre de Chambre is a Montréal-based ensemble composed of somewhere around 20 musicians, depending on the work being performed. The Dvo?ák serenade is heard here in a configuration of 6-5-4-3-1, while the Suk is heard in a configuration of 7-4-3-3-1. Performance-wise, I’d have to say that Appassionata, under the direction of Daniel Myssyk, “probably” doesn’t outshine a number of others in this repertoire—for example, the Prague Philharmonia on Supraphon, which pairs the same two works—but I put “probably” in quotes because again I come back to the recording, which is so extraordinary that it might possibly make Appassionata sound more stunning than it actually is. But even if that were the case—which it’s probably not—what difference would it make when the results are this spectacular? For over an hour’s worth of exquisitely beautiful music, lovingly played and stunningly recorded, I can’t recommend this disc too highly.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Daniel Myssyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Appassionata Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Église de la Nativité, La Prairie, Quebe 
Length: 27 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Daniel Myssyk
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
Venue:  Église de la Nativité, La Prairie, Quebe 
Length: 27 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op. 40/B 47 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Daniel Myssyk
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1875/83; Bohemia 
Venue:  Église de la Nativité, La Prairie, Quebe 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: I. Moderato
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: II. Tempo di valse
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: III. Scherzo: Vivace
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: IV. Larghetto
Serenade in E major, Op. 22, B. 52: V. Finale: Allegro vivace
Serenade in E flat major, Op. 6: I. Andante con moto
Serenade in E flat major, Op. 6: II. Allegro, ma non troppo e grazioso
Serenade in E flat major, Op. 6: III. Adagio - Piu andante - Tempo I
Serenade in E flat major, Op. 6: IV. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto - Vivace
Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, B. 47

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