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Suk: Asrael Symphony, Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem / Bělohlavek, BBC Symphony Orchestra

Suk / Britten / Bbc Sym Orch / Belohlavek
Release Date: 07/24/2012 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4095  
Composer:  Josef SukBenjamin Britten
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded at the Prague Spring concert of 2008

A unique and symbolic encounter: the most distinguished Czech conductor of the present time and a fabulous British orchestra communicate the profound messages in the works of great national composers. Ji?í B?lohlávek has mediated Czech music to orchestras and audiences worldwide, yet in 2006 – as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra – he became above all a Londoner. The recording at the 2008 Prague Spring festival of Suk’s Asrael and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem will for ever serve as evidence of the extraordinary understanding between B?lohlávek and the orchestra. The common denominator of the two works is the figure of the Angel of Death. A sad and
Read more immensely powerful inspiration for Suk was the passing away of his beloved wife Otilie and his dear teacher Antonín Dvo?ák. Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, dedicated to the memory of his parents, is one of the composer’s early masterpieces. The recording marks a symbolic leave-taking on the part of B?lohlávek, who after six intense years as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra is returning “home” to the Czech Philharmonic. - Supraphon
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony in C minor, Op. 27 "Asrael" by Josef Suk
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; Prague 
2. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 

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