Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is the ninth recording of Josef Suk's second symphony in C minor, the "Asrael Symphony," the angel of death symphony, Suk's symphonic masterpiece and his heart-wrenching requiem for his beloved young wife Otilka. The first and still the best was Vaclav Talich's 1952 recording, a performance so close to the tragic spirit to the work as to be nearly indistinguishable for it. Over the years, there have been great recordings -- Kubelik's, Pesek's, and Belohlávek's -- mediocre recordings -- Neumann's and Valek's -- and awful recordings -- Svetlanov's and Schneiderman's -- but there have been none that have challenged the baleful magnificence of Talich's. Nor does Kirill ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is the ninth recording of Josef Suk's second symphony in C minor, the "Asrael Symphony," the angel of death symphony, Suk's symphonic masterpiece and his heart-wrenching requiem for his beloved young wife Otilka. The first and still the best was Vaclav Talich's 1952 recording, a performance so close to the tragic spirit to the work as to be nearly indistinguishable for it. Over the years, there have been great recordings -- Kubelik's, Pesek's, and Belohlávek's -- mediocre recordings -- Neumann's and Valek's -- and awful recordings -- Svetlanov's and Schneiderman's -- but there have been none that have challenged the baleful magnificence of Talich's. Nor does Kirill Petrenko's 2002 recording of the "Asrael" with the Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin challenge Talich's. But it does match Kubelik's, Pesek's, and Belohlávek's for overwhelming emotional power and unrelenting musical integrity, and that's saying something. Petrenko's "Asrael" is passionate and reckless and bitter and despairing and ultimately nothing like Talich's or Kubelik's or anybody else's. Petrenko's "Asrael" is more vigorous, more vital, more vibrant, in a word, younger than anybody else's and the grief it gives voice to is the grief of the young, grief that knows no limit and no boundary and, worst of all, no end. CPO's recording was made at a live concert on October 31, 2002, and it is so immediate it's scary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203700127
  • Catalog Number: 777001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Symphony in C Minor, Op 27 "Asrael" - Josef Suk & Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra (59:39)
    Composed byJosef Suk
    Conducted byKirill Petrenko
    Performed byBerlin Comic Opera Orchestra, Kirill Petrenko
    1. 1Andante sostenuto
    2. 2Andante
    3. 3Vivace
    4. 4Adagio
    5. 5Adagio maestoso
  2. 6 Applause - Recorded Sound (1:00)
    Composed byRecorded Sound
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