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Josef Suk: Piano Quintet; Piano Quartet; Four Pieces for Violin & Piano / Nash Ensemble

Audio Samples

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
>Suk, Josef : Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 17
>Suk, Josef : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 8

Album Summary

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
>Suk, Josef : Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 17
>Suk, Josef : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 8
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Notes & Reviews:

The music of Josef Suk, pupil of Dvorák and married to the elder composer's daughter, is only now beginning to be recognized for its true worth. On this recording the Nash Ensemble presents three relatively early works, brimming with youthful enthusiasm but already showing considerable individuality and occasionally, a touch of the melancholy introspection which was to inform many of the composer's later works. A talented violinist, Suk lends to his chamber compositions a true understanding of the genre, while his thoroughly Czech musical upbringing ensures strong representation for the folk and dance influences to be found in the music of many of his contemporaries.

BBC Music Magazine
All of the performances on this excellently recorded disc are exemplary.

The Independent
The Nash Ensemble play these richly rewarding works with style and feeling.

Gramophone Magazine
Lovely fare, performed with great polish and heartwarming dedication by The Nash Ensemble, and all cleanly captured by the microphones. This disc will surely provide much pleasure.

Classic FM Magazine
The Nash Ensemble plays with all its customary skill and insight, highlighted by the remarkable pianism of Ian Brown.

Fanfare
Even if the recordings featuring violinist Josef Suk (the composer's grandson) were easier to find, these fresh-sounding, light-textured Nash Ensemble interpretations would hold their own in the catalog. Excellent engineering and informative notes too. A magnificent release.

International Record Review
This is Suk viewed from the 'dark side' and very much more impressive than he usually sounds. Brown balances the introspective sensibility and dramatic onward surge of this music to perfection, and his distinguished colleagues follow him every inch of the way. Enhanced by yet another first-rate Andrew Keener production, this exceptional release comes highly recommended.

Sunday Times
Dazzlingly violinistic and brilliantly played by Marianne Thorsen and Ian Brown.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (2003-11-30&2003-12-01_2003-).



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Works Details

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2003-11-30&2003-12-01_2003-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Suk, Josef : Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 17
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2003-11-30&2003-12-01_2003-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Suk, Josef : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 8
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2003-11-30&2003-12-01_2003-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893