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Dvorak: Czech Suite; Suk: Fairy Tale / Macal, Czech PO

Dvorak / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Macal
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Exton   Catalog #: 296  
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJosef Suk
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is the sort of release that flies under the radar of most collectors, but really shouldn't. Dvorák's Czech Suite tends to fall into the category of his "cute" or "light" music--and so it is, I suppose; but it's a very substantial piece nonetheless, and as perfect as it gets in terms of form, melody, and scoring. The fourth-movement Romanza is beyond gorgeous, and it's fabulously played and recorded here, as you might well imagine from these forces. In fact, Zdenek Mácal has done this piece previously, and quite well, for Koss Classics, but having the Czech Philharmonic on hand makes all the difference.

There really is not such a thing as
Read more "light" Suk. His basic seriousness permeates everything that he wrote, even in the pre-"Asrael" Symphony period. A Fairy Tale is, in all essentials, a four-movement symphony, in scope and feeling if not necessarily in form. The music is recognizably Czech, but also melodically quite personal and captivating, with a third movement ("Funeral Music") that's particularly intense. There have been previous recordings, mostly on Supraphon, all of them worthy in various ways, but none better than this. If you don't know this music (or don't know it very well), here's a chance to really savor it.

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

1. Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39/B 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
2. Fairy tale, Op. 16 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Prague, Czech Republ 

Customer Reviews

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 Solid Performances October 31, 2013 By William Muthig (Milan, OH) See All My Reviews "This CD was purchased for Dovrak's Czech Suite, but the Suk work was welcome bonus. The performances on both works were solid. This is a very enjoyable CD for listening. The melodies in the Fairy Tale Suite are striking." Report Abuse
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