WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas No 1-10 / Suk, Panenka

Beethoven / Suk / Panenka
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4077  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef SukJan Panenka
Number of Discs: 4 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Valuable, thoughtful and convincing … one of the most outstanding duos of its time.
 
In the overwhelming majority of cases, and of movements, everything sounds perfectly scaled, well balanced, perceptively played and adroitly characterised. These are performances of great elegance and musicality. Subsidiary themes, say for example accompanying violin passages, are just that. They are not inflated to become quasi-lyric themes in themselves,
Read more but neither are they relegated to aural obscurity. Balance is everything in performances like these, and the well versed Suk-Panenka duo (I heard them a couple of times in concert) has the measure of the sonatas.
 
The early sonatas have an easygoing charm about them, the first two Op.12 sonatas emerging with lustre. The first serious challenge arrives with Op.12 No.3. Here we find the duo responding with sufficient brio to vest the music with excitement and life. Suk is elegant but not over emotive in the slow movement. Indeed it’s a feature of his playing that it remains, as it were, on the aristocratic side in expressive matters. Panenka supports with crystal clear trills; and there’s plenty of vitality in the finale.
 
A highlight of No.4 in A minor remains Panenka’s staccati, part of an assured all-round performance. The Spring sonata is sweet-toned, quite relaxed and precisely articulated. There’s no luxuriating or otiose gesturing. Rubati are controlled, and Suk’s vibrato usage doesn’t widen inordinately in the slow movement. The performance remains measured, refined, precise, and a little cool.
 
This sense of sensitive but no-nonsense directness shouldn’t be confused with an earlier practitioner, let’s say, Joseph Fuchs, who tended to be hard-nosed about the sonatas. Don’t mistake Suk’s unwillingness to luxuriate for a lack of affection; rather it’s sensitive reserve, a quality never to be underestimated, in music or, indeed, in life. Thus the great G major sonata (No.8) is graced by just these qualities. The Kreutzer is not played as an exercise in concertante virtuosity for its own sake. This seeming lack of panache might disappoint, but much is held in reserve, and much is observed from on high.
 
In the last sonata great attention is paid to dynamics, to phrase shaping, to ensemble and tonal balance. Suk and the engineering team ensure his accompanying figures are precisely that. The slow movement is calibrated between intensity and reserve, and the finale is quite slow, and patrician.
 
The four CD box houses a decent booklet note. More than that, however, it houses ten valuable, thoughtful and convincing performances from one of the most outstanding duos of its time.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 21 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 12 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 25 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 23 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 18 Minutes 16 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 29 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Jan Panenka (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966-67 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslavakia 
Length: 39 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In