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Dvorák, Suk & Janácek: Violin Concertos / Josef Spacek, violin; Czech PO, Jiri Belohlavek

Album Summary

>Suk, Josef : Fantasy for violin & orchestra, Op 24
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concerto for Violin ("Putování dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Dvorák - Suk - Janácek. Three very different composers with three different stories, and yet there is a great closeness and spiritual kinship between them. Dvorák's op. 53 is now part of the repertoire of all the world's great violinists, however even that greatest of virtuosi, Joseph Joachim - the man to whom Dvorák dedicated the work - helped search for and was closely involved in shaping the concerto's final form. Suk's Fantasy in G minor is, internally, a highly diverse work, a kind of virtuoso, rhapsodic symphonic poem for violin that stands on the threshold of a new and momentous creative period in the composer's work. And what of Janácek: he already had a name for his intended violin concerto, "The Wandering of a Little Soul", but in the end he used the material he had collected in his final opera "From the House of the Dead". The material from which the concerto was later reconstructed is typical Janácek: sharply defined, with great energy and urgency. The 28-year old violinist Josef Spacek, a laureate of the keenly watched Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, recorded these concerts live with "his" Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under it's principal conductor Jirí Belohlávek. This stellar constellation of musicians would surely have appealed to the composer himself. Dvorák - Suk - Janácek - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Belohlávek - Spacek: names that need no further introduction.

Sunday Times, 26th April 2015
The violinist's individual, deeply considered and virtuosic account of Dvorak's solo part is the highlight of this keenly conceived programme. He is extrovert in the dancing rhythms of the outer Allegros and spellbindingly inward in the serene Adagio. In this repertoire, Spacek is second to none today.

The Telegraph, 26th April 2015
[The Janácek] is given a superb, heart-rending performance here by Josef Spacek backed by the deep understanding that Jirí Belohlávek brings especially to the music of his native country. That is equally true of the Dvorák Concerto...Spacek is a compelling protagonist here, with a richness and piquancy of timbre that contributes to an interpretation not merely of virtuosity and flair but also of expressiveness.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
This is a boldly imaginative gathering of Czech works for solo violin and orchestra... Josef čpacek, with Jirf Belohlßvek's wonderfully attentive orchestral accompaniment, produces a near-ideal interpretation [of the Suk]... many will warm to čpacek's soft-grained tone, especially in the slow movement [of the Dvorak].

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The young Joseph čpacek reminded me more both of his great forebear Josef Suk and, at times of David Oistrakh. It's mostly to do with the firm cut of his bowing, the clarity of his articulation and the sureness of his rhythmic attack. His tone is sweetly expressive but he varies it according to the dictates of the passing musical phrase.

MusicWeb International, June 2015
If anything Josef čpacek, the young concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, makes an even more powerful impression than his illustrious predecessor [Josef Suk]. His is a full-blooded performance with the Czech Philharmonic under its music director with him all the way... [this] young violinist has embarked on what is a very promising career.



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>Suk, Josef : Fantasy for violin & orchestra, Op 24
  • Performer: Josef Spacek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague (10/22/2014-10/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concerto for Violin ("Putování dusicky," "Pilgrimage of the Soul"), JW 9/10 (fragments completed by
  • Performer: Josef Spacek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague (10/22/2014-10/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?05/1926-06/1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
  • Performer: Josef Spacek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Running Time: 31 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live