- Pohádka Léta (A Summer Tale), Tone Poem For large Orchestra, A, Op. 29
- Enchanted Lake, for orchestra, Op. 62
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While not quite in same league as his "Asrael Symphony," Josef Suk's "A Summer's Tale" is the next best thing -- if one can use such lighthearted locutions to describe works of such immense tragedy. But where the "Asrael" is a funeral monument to Suk's young, dead wife, "A Summers' Tale" is a testimony to the healing powers of nature. In his 2002 recording of "Asrael" with the Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Kirill Petrenko showed he had the right stuff as a Suk conductor -- the strength, the soulfulness, the stamina, and above all the self-control to hold the orchestra and the music together at the peaks of Suk's excruciating pain. In this 2004 performance of "A Summer's Tale," Petrenko and the Berlin Orchestra are even more impressive. "Asrael" is an emotional per aspera ad astra symphony following the via dolorosa of Suk's bottomless grief, but "A Summer's Tale" is a more nuanced work that starts where "Asrael" ends in quiet, certain serenity. In Petrenko's performance, "A Summer's Tale" is nowhere near as over the edge as "Asrael," but rather a deeper, more considered and more mature work. Taken together, Petrenko's Suk recordings are among the very best since Vaclav Talich's. As in "Asrael," the Komischen Oper Berlin's orchestra is an incredibly fine and immensely noble ensemble and the playing here, while possibly less polished, is perhaps even more passionately committed than anything the Berlin Philharmonic could muster. The coupling of Liadov's "The Enchanted Lake" is surprisingly apt, wonderfully refreshing, and altogether lovely. CPO's sound is big, warm, and immediate.