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Suk: Symphony No 1 In E Major; Dvorak: Overtures / Netopil, Prague So


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3941   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Josef SukAntonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Suk's early Symphony in E not surprisingly sounds very much like updated Dvorák. It's a tuneful, mostly sunny piece with some extremely beautiful melodies (particularly in the first movement and scherzo), only let down by the somewhat stop-and-start finale. Supraphon has an excellent performance in its catalog from Libor Pesek and the Czech Philharmonic, one characterized by slightly better orchestral playing (brass especially) and more careful attention to dynamics. But this newcomer is no less expertly paced, has an even livelier scherzo, and should disappoint no one.

The couplings are not as interesting as they could be (Pesek more aptly has Suk's tone poem Praga), and presumably were included to increase the disc's
Read more commercial appeal. They are both very good performances: In Nature's Realm is particularly cogent, while Carnival isn't quite as sharp-edged and boisterous as, say, Kubelik's DG version. It would have been more fun to have Othello instead; it's a very underrated work that deserves to be highlighted apart from its two more popular partners. Still, the symphony really is a gem. With good live sonics and a thankfully quiet audience, this disc certainly can be recommended if the coupling suits your fancy.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 14 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Live Municipal Hall, Prague, Czech Repub 
2.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Venue:  Live Municipal Hall, Prague, Czech Repub 
3.
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Venue:  Live Municipal Hall, Prague, Czech Repub 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 1 in E (Suk): I: Allegro, ma non troppo
Symphony no 1 in E (Suk): III: Allegro vivace

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