The concert recordings from the blessed years 1963-1966 with the Czech Philharmonic and Karel Ancerl, particularly the legendary recording of Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor with Josef Suk
, which I would rank among the top recordings of this work.
There was certainly one on Wednesday afternoon, when we heard some rare Britten (part of the Britten 100 celebrations), a Mozart piano concerto which features on one of OOTS' most valued CD recordings, and the Dvorak Serenade for Strings which had served as a template for the lovely work of the same title by his son-in-law Josef Suk
which we had heard last month.
JanEi?ek, AntonE[degrees]n Leopold Dvo?Eik and Josef Suk
will be on the running order for the CSO's performance on Saturday, October 13th in Cairo, as well as on Sunday, October 14th in Alexandria.
Staged inside the new Dora Stoutzker Hall, it featured the little known Serenade in E flat, Op 6 composed by Josef Suk
, alongside work by other influential composers - William Mathias and Antonn Dvor[sz]k.
Concert of Czech music by Antonin Dvorak, Josef Suk
and Leos Janacek--March 1, Purple lounge, 7pm.
Czech composer Josef Suk
holds a special affection and fascination for Liverpool audiences.
The programme opened with another Dvorak family piece, this time from his son-in-law Josef Suk
, whose Scherzo Fantastique proved more than simply a shoulder loosener, with playful woodwind and an expansive theme moving up through the cellos to a lilting waltz, topped off by birdsong, a super crescendo descent through the orchestra and a satisfyingly big, brassy finish.
After a period of preparation, Husa entered the Conservatory in 1941, joining the composition class of the distinguished composer, harpist, and pedagogue Jaroslav Ridky, Ridky, who idolized Mahler, introduced his students to the works of twentieth-century Czech composers such as Vitezslav Novak, Josef Suk
, and, above all, Leos Janacek.
Two unorthodox string quartets, both written at the request of Czech violinist/composer Josef Suk
, also come from the last decade of his life.
Leonard Rose and Jules Eskin; violinists Arnold Steinhardt, Ida Kavafian, Josef Suk
and Pamela Frank; violist Michael Tree; clarinetist David Shifrin; flutist Ransom Wilson; and the Penderecki, Peterson, Angeles, LaFayette and Guarneri string quartets.
In America, Josef Suk
(1874-1935) may be better known as Dvorak's son-in-law than as a musician, but in Czechoslovakia he is quite famous.