Smetana, Dvorák, Suk

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
If you ever feel the overpowering urge to hear a disc with the best performances of the best music ever written for violin and piano by Czech composers, this is that disc. If you ever feel the overwhelming compulsion to hear a disc with sweetly lyrical, passionately expressive, and deeply soulful music played with unparalleled insight, unmatched understanding, and complete comprehension, this is that disc. The music is truly the best ever written for violin and piano by Czech composers. Smetana's "Pieces 2 from The Homeland" are charming. Dvorák's "Sonatina" and "Romantic Pieces" are heartfelt and instantly memorable. Suk's "Ballade" and "Pieces 4" are works of stunning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
If you ever feel the overpowering urge to hear a disc with the best performances of the best music ever written for violin and piano by Czech composers, this is that disc. If you ever feel the overwhelming compulsion to hear a disc with sweetly lyrical, passionately expressive, and deeply soulful music played with unparalleled insight, unmatched understanding, and complete comprehension, this is that disc. The music is truly the best ever written for violin and piano by Czech composers. Smetana's "Pieces 2 from The Homeland" are charming. Dvorák's "Sonatina" and "Romantic Pieces" are heartfelt and instantly memorable. Suk's "Ballade" and "Pieces 4" are works of stunning intensity and staggering expressivity. And Dvorák's transcription of his "Slavonic Dance in E minor" is a bravura display of nationalist fervor. The performances are the best ever recorded for the repertoire. Josef Suk is beyond all argument the greatest living Czech violinist with an ineffable tone, an infallible technique, and an identification with the music that goes back through his grandfather, composer Josef Suk, to his great-grandfather, composer Antonin Dvorák. Jan Panenka is everything an accompanist should be: here, there, and everywhere and always and everywhere as one with the soloist. Taken all together, the sweetest music this side of heaven. Supraphon's sound is transparent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Supraphon
  • UPC: 675754788827
  • Catalog Number: 3777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Z domoviny (From the Homeland), pieces (2) for violin & piano, JB 1:118 - Bedrich Smetana & Jan Panenka (12:51)
  2. 3–6 Sonatina for violin & piano in G major ("Indian Lament"), B. 183 (Op. 100) - Antonin Dvorák & Alfred Holecek (20:03)
  3. 7–10 Romantic Pieces (4) for violin & piano, B. 150 (Op. 75) (rev. of Miniatures, B. 149) - Antonin Dvorák & Alfred Holecek (14:51)
  4. 8 Ballade for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 3b - Josef Suk & Jan Panenka (8:48)
  5. 12–15 Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Josef Suk & Jan Panenka (18:04)
  6. 13 Slavonic Dance No. 2 for violin & piano in E minor, B. 170, (Op. 46/2) - Antonin Dvorák & Alfred Holecek (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josef Suk Primary Artist
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