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Josef Suk: Ripening; Symphony in E major

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>Suk, Josef : The Ripening, Op. 34
>Suk, Josef : Symphony, no 1 in E, Op. 14

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>Suk, Josef : The Ripening, Op. 34
>Suk, Josef : Symphony, no 1 in E, Op. 14
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

As a composer, Josef Suk followed in the tradition of Smetana and Dvofak, the latter of whom was not only his professor at the Prague Conservatory, but also became his father-in-law - Suk married Dvorak's oldest surviving daughter, Otilie, in 1898, and the death of Dvofak in 1904 and 'Otilka' a year later resulted in the composition of one of the composer's most powerful and deeply felt works, the Asrael Symphony - also recorded by Belohlavek (CHA 9640).

"Ripening, a symphonic poem, is a highly charged piece, full of poignant emotion and anguished outbursts. Its power is echoed by the First Symphony...in which Belohlavek inspires the BBCSO to a blazing performance." -The Telegraph

"The symphony is attractively neat and satisfying, but Ripening is on a completely new emotional plane, with a Mahlerian juxtaposition of emotions, a scintillating emotional thrust and a virtuoso handling of the orchestra...What you hear on the CD is as much an astonishing testament to the abilities of modern day sound engineers as it is a fine performance." -Classic FM Magazine *****

"Jiri Belohlávek's tender reading of this 1917 symphonic poem is flooded with dewy woodwind and glowing strings." -The Independent

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Watford Colosseum.



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>Suk, Josef : The Ripening, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (01/05/2010-01/06/2020)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1912-1917

>Suk, Josef : Symphony, no 1 in E, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral