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Suk: Works for Orchestra / Neumann, Pesek, Czech Philharmonic


Release Date: 02/28/2006 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3864   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav NeumannLibor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are excellent performances across the board, and the only disappointment for me is that Supraphon did not see fit to include the Symphony in E, a lovely work not otherwise readily obtainable. The highlight is Libor Pesek's gorgeous recording of A Summer Tale, still the best version available, superior to his later remake for Virgin Classics. The Czech Philharmonic plays like demons in the fourth movement, and the velvety-toned strings at the beginning of the finale, "Night", are beyond lovely. Vaclav Neumann also leads a first-rate Asrael Symphony, with particularly clear, powerful climaxes at the end of the first movement and in the finale. The two late tone poems, Ripening and Epilogue, are equally fine. Pesek is back for Read more colorful, dynamic interpretations of Praga and Fairy Tale, two shorter works that deserve much wider exposure than they get outside of the Czech Republic. The digital sonics are consistently realistic (these were co-productions with Denon), and the bottom line is that you simply can't do better in this repertoire. Self-recommending. [2/28/2006]

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in C minor, Op. 27 "Asrael" by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; Prague 
2.
A Summer Tale, Op. 29 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; Czech Republic 
3.
Praga, Op. 26 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Czech Republic 
4.
Ripening, Op. 34 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1917; Prague, Czech Republ 
5.
Fairy tale, Op. 16 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Prague, Czech Republ 
6.
Epilogue, Op. 37 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1929; Prague, Czech Republ 

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