Josef Suk

Biography

Born: January 4, 1874, in Krecovice, Bohemia   Died: May 29, 1935   Country: Czech Republic   Period: Period: 19th - 20th Century
Czech composer Josef Suk was born on January 4, 1874, in Krecovice, Bohemia, where his father was a choral director. The elder Josef Suk taught his son to play the piano, violin, and organ. In 1885, at the age of 11, Suk entered the Prague Conservatory. By 1888, he had composed a mass, the Krecovická mase; he received his degree in 1891, with what became the Op. 1 piano quartet as his thesis. When Antonín Dvorák became a Read more professor at the Conservatory, Suk stayed an extra year to study with him. Dvorák considered Suk his best student, and the two became personally close. In 1898, Suk married Dvorák's daughter Otilie.
Suk's compositional life may be divided into two periods. His early works are characterized by a late Romantic style that created a general perception of Suk as Dvorák's heir. Compared with Dvorák, Suk wrote little chamber music, but found success with the Four Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 17, written in 1900, and the Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Op. 24, of 1903, as well as with several solo piano works -- the "Song of Love" from the six piano pieces of Op. 7 became a standard recital piece. He wrote few songs and never approached opera, concentrating mainly on orchestral music. In 1892, he wrote the Serenade for Strings, Op. 6, which boosted his career when Brahms promoted it, much as Dvorák himself had benefited from the Viennese giant's support years before. In 1897 and 1898, he composed incidental music for the play Radúz a Mahulena, one of his most popular works and one that had resonances with Suk's own happy marriage. An optimistic mood is especially evident in the piano suites Jaro (Spring) Op. 22 and Letní dojmi Op. 22b, both written in 1902. It was during this time that his son was born.
In 1904, Suk's father-in-law and mentor Dvorák died, and 14 months later, in 1905, his beloved wife Otilie passed away. Their deaths had a devastating impact, and the beginnings of a second phase of Suk's career may be discerned in the works that followed. His compositions became more introspective, complex, and infused with emotion. Completed in 1906, the symphony Asrael, Op. 27, exemplifies this new phase. It is a massive work, considered by many the summit of his achievement. Suk began to experiment with polytonality, notably in his symphonic poem Zrání (Ripening) of 1917. He expanded upon the structure and language of Zrání in his symphony with soloists and chorus Epilog, completed in 1929; these three major orchestral works form a trilogy of vast, almost Mahlerian ambition and scope. Unlike his Czech contemporaries, Suk did not incorporate folk or literary motifs into his compositions. Interestingly, however, his final composition was a Czech dance entitled Sousedská.
Suk made a living largely as a performer and teacher, scheduling composing time around his daily responsibilities. The lack of chamber music in his oeuvre is all the more remarkable in view of his long tenure as second violinist of the Czech Quartet. The quartet's first concert took place in Vienna in 1893, where it received praise from Brahms, and Suk enjoyed international success with the quartet for forty years, remaining a member until he retired in 1933. In 1922 Suk assumed a professorship in composition at the Prague Conservatory, where he tutored such future Czech composers such as Martinu, Jezek, and Borkovec. He was twice appointed head of the Conservatory, serving from 1924 to 1926, and from 1933 until 1935. He died in 1935, at the age of 61. Read less
Dvorak, Janacek, Suk / Pike, Poster
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10827   Number of Discs: 1
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Martinu: Symphony No 6;  Janácek, Suk / Belohlavek, Czech Po
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8897   Number of Discs: 1
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Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios, Etc / Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2868   Number of Discs: 1
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Suk: Asrael Symphony / Flor, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 08/25/2009   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1776   Number of Discs: 1
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Josef Suk: Ripening; Symphony No. 1
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5081   Number of Discs: 1
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    Bohemian Tales / Hadelich, Owen, Hrusa, BRSO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 527476 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek,  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Augustin Hadelich,  Charles Owen
    Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Ginette Neveu: Complete Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 549048 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu,  Jean Neveu,  Gustaf Beck,  Gustaf Beck  ... 
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Suk: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900188 Release Date: 03/06/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Reise Durch Osteuropa / Wilke, Chernichka
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38276 Release Date: 10/04/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Milena Wilke,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Josef Suk,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Milena Wilke,  Tatiana Chernichka
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    Bertrand de Billy / Vienna Radio Symphony
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Maighread McCrann,  Boaz Daniel,  Elza van den Heever  ... 
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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    Suk: Asrael Fairy Tale / Belohlavek, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 003032002 Release Date: 05/31/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Jiri Vodicka
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 12 - Suk: Meditation / Albion Quartet
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 555 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Albion Quartet
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    Rachmaninoff: Piano Trios / Trio Wanderer
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902338 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Josef Suk,  Edvard Grieg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
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    Dvorak: Violin Concerto - Suk: Fantasy & Love Song / Hemsing, Buribayev, Antwerp Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2246 Release Date: 09/28/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Eldbjřrg Hemsing
    Conductor:  Alan Buribayev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
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    Suk: Piano Music / Plowright
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68198 Release Date: 06/29/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Jonathan Plowright
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    Recollection / Belohlavek
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4250 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Ruzicka,  Jaroslav Saroun,  Dagmar Pecková
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia,  Prague Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Enchanted: Works for Cello & Piano / Duo Arnicans
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 288 Release Date: 05/04/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Janis Medins  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Arnicans
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    The Virtuoso Violin / Oliveira, McDonald
    Label: Mmg   Catalog: 10027 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Josef Suk,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Elmar Oliveira,  Robert McDonald
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  • 14.
    Bohemian String Quartet Plays Smetana, Dvorak & Suk
    Label: Parnassus Records   Catalog: 96058 Release Date: 03/02/2018  
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohemian Quartet
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    Suk: Asrael - Krejci: Serenada / Ancerl, Southwest German Radio Symphony Baden-Baden
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19055 Release Date: 02/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk,  Isa Krejcí
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Rachmaniniov, Franck & Suk / Petrof Piano Trio
    Label: Arco Diva   Catalog: 183 Release Date: 01/19/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Josef Suk,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Petrof Piano Trio
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    Bohemia / Waley-Cohen, Watkins
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Tamsin Waley-Cohen,  Huw Watkins
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  • 18.
    Beethoven, Brahms, Suk & More: Works for Cello and Piano / Ginzel, Weisbrod
    Label: Tyxart   Catalog: 17088 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Josef Suk,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Reiner Ginzel,  Annette Weisbrod
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  • 19.
    Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2 - Suk: Piano Quartet, Op. 1 / Josef Suk Piano Quartet
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4227 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suk Piano Quartet
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  • 20.
    Suk: Asrael / Netopil, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1865 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Tomas Netopil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Essen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 4: 1958-2014
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19028 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Besch,  Marianne Luxemburger,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Brigitte Messthaler  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  SWR Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 22.
    She Rose, and Let Me In / Ko
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3491 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Liberatore,  Josef Suk,  Gilad Rabinovitch,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Eunmi Ko
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  • 23.
    Suk: Piano Works / Kolly
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9031956 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Karl Andreas Kolly
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  • 24.
    Sixteen Love Songs / William Howard
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100056 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Zdenék Fibich  ... 
    Performer:  William Howard
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  • 25.
    From My Homeland / Schnitzler, Boeru
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38184 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk,  Leos Janácek,  Bohuslav Martinu  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Von Schnitzler,  Cosmin Boeru
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