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Suk: Summer Tale, Fantastic Scherzo / Mackerras, Czech Po


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466443   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josef Suk
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The career of Josef Suk is marked by waves of deeply serious and weighty compositions. As a student of Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory, he was told by his instructor to, in essence, lighten up. The serious scholar's career did include joyful moments, such as those that produced 'A Summer Tale' and the 'Fantastic' Scherzo.
Suk's sweeping themes and Romantic lyricism grab listeners from the outset, bringing them to the sweet inner melodies. 'A Summer Tale' is a musical poem that vividly portrays the composer's shifting moods. From despondent to hopeful to whole again, critics agree it is a moving portrait of the curative power of nature.
The 'Fantastic' Scherzo contains an even more upbeat theme. Its dance-like melody soars
Read more weightlessly, punctuated intermittently by a furious percussion. The juxtaposition of light and dark within the piece gives the music a playfulness that shows that Suk's versatility can suit any mood. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Summer Tale, Op. 29 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1909; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 50 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25 by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Rudolfinum, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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