℗ 2012 Chandos
 

Josef Suk: Prague - A Summer's Tale

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

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A Summer's Tale, Op. 29  
1
I. Voices of Life and Consolation
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
13:27
2
II. Midday
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
6:50
3
III. Intermezzo. Blind Musicians
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
5:34
4
IV. In the Power of Phantoms
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
10:54
5
V. Night
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
15:40
Prague, Op. 26  
6
Andante maestoso - Grandioso
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
9:31
7
Allegro – Più mosso
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
6:22
8
Adagio – Un poco più mosso
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
4:35
9
Animato, con fuoco
Josef Suk; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jiří Bělohlávek
4:35
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:28
"... these are passionate and spontaneous interpretations ... excellent recording."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... this richly scored and often exciting early 20th century score is infused with local flavouring at times disquieting ... and Belohlávek holds the tension in both pieces from the first bar to the last. Wonderful!"
- Gramophone

Two symphonic poems by Suk are performed here by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek. A Summer’s Tale is a highly personal work, rich and imaginative, not to mention brilliantly orchestrated in late romantic style. The symphonic poem Prague is likewise strongly personal and atmospheric, speaking of the history and mystery of Suk’s home city, its troubles and its triumphs.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Watford Colosseum; 3 and 4 January 2012
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: ‘Girl looking away’, photograph © Mark Owen / Arcangel Images
Back cover: Photograph of Jiří Bělohlávek by J. Henry Fair
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: Faber Music Ltd (Prague), Universal Edition Wien (A Summer’s Tale)

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