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Suk - Piano Quartet, Piano Quintet, Pieces for Violin & Piano | Hyperion - Helios CDH55416

Suk - Piano Quartet, Piano Quintet, Pieces for Violin & Piano

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55416

Barcode: 0034571154169

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd September 2012

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About

The music of Josef Suk, pupil of Dvorvák and married to the elder composer’s daughter, is only now beginning to be recognized for its true worth. Presented here are three relatively early works, brimming with youthful enthusiasm but already showing considerable individuality, a highly developed approach to structure 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.

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

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

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’ - Gramophone

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

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’ - Fanfare, USA

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’ - International Record Review

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