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Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

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Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

Josef Suk - Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 443-2 | Time: 01:05:33

The steady increase in recordings of his music has now established Suk as one of the great musical poets of the early 20th century. Too much is made of his affinities with his teacher and father-in-law, Dvorák; for his own part, Dvorák never imposed his personality on his pupils and Suk's mature music owes him little more than a respect for craft and an extraordinarily well developed ear for orchestral colour. His affinities in the five-movement A Summer's Tale, completed in 1909 – a magnificent successor to his profound Asrael Symphony – reflect Debussy and parallel the music of his friend Sibelius and Holst, but underpinning the musical language is a profound originality energising both form and timbre.
Mackerras's recording joins a select band: Šejna's vintage performance on Supraphon and Pešek's inspired rendition with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; his is an equal to them both and the Czech Philharmonic's playing is both aspiring and inspiring. While their reading is suffused with a feeling for the work's myriad orchestral colours, they recognise that Suk's music is much more than atmosphere. In particular they excel in their handling of the drama and overwhelming emotional urgency of this remarkable, big-boned symphonic poem.

Review by Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine

Cross the openhearted geniality of Dvorák with the large scale and experimental fervor of Mahler and you have Josef Suk, a pupil of Dvorák whose life was changed forever when his wife (Dvorák's daughter) died young. The resulting anguish is where the Mahler element comes in. These works are not as filled with pain and grief as Suk's astonishing Asrael Symphony. In fact, the Scherzo is as happy as Dvorák's famous Scherzo capriccioso. But the broad range and sheer size of Summer Tale (about 50 minutes) are thoroughly Mahlerian, the music consistently involving and captivating. Mackerras, who studied under the great Czech conductor Vaclav Talich, is as completely attuned to Suk's idiom as the orchestra is, and the resulting performances, abetted by excellent sound, are real winners. Highly recommended, especially to lovers of late romanticism.

Review by Leslie Gerber

Completed in 1909, A Summer's Tale is probably the most easily assimilated of the four large-scale orchestral works conceived by Suk after the double-blow of the deaths (in 1904 and 1905 respectively) of his father-in-law Dvorak and wife Otylka. Cast in five movements, Suk's 'musical poem' (as the composer himself dubbed it) contains some of his most entrancingly original inspiration, not least the shimmering, heat-haze evocation that is 'Noon' and the succeeding Intermezzo entitled 'Blind musicians' (featuring a doleful, spare-textured dialogue between first a pair of cors anglais and then solo violin and viola). Certain commentators have criticized the piece's lack of cohesion, yet, in a towering performance such as that given by Michael Gielen and the Southwest German RSO at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival (and I believe German EMI currently own the rights to that same team's now-deleted Intercord recording - never officially distributed in the UK), its slumbering organic power, sense of spectacle and visionary beauty can take the breath away.

Sir Charles Mackerras's conception may not match Gielen's in terms of lucidity, but its dramatic fervour is tremendously compelling, and his magnificent Czech orchestra responds with commitment and poise throughout. A direct comparison with Libor Pesek's RLPO version perhaps reveals an added humanity and emotional clout on Merseyside (in recent years this partnership has championed Suk more than any other). Moreover, in his profoundly moving 1957 account, Karel Sejna locates an extra pain in the unforgettable central section of the nightmarish fourth-movement Scherzo as well as an infinitely touching, compassionate warmth in the awesome, concluding 'Night'. Inevitably, his rather rough mono recording doesn't begin to compare with the lustrous results achieved by Decca's Hazell/Lock production team. Indeed, I doubt whether the Czech Philharmonic has ever been captured by the microphones with greater richness and depth (bass-drum fanciers are in for a field day) ; provided the seismically wide dynamic range doesn't prove an obstacle to domestic harmony (best warn the neighbours in advance!), a sonic feast is guaranteed.

Pesek's extremely fine performance comes without a fill-up, whereas Mackerras offers a delectable bonus in the shape of the Fantastic Scherzo of 1903 (with its indelible, lilting second subject - once heard, forever etched in the memory). Truth to tell, Mackerras conducts with greater fire and temperament here than in the main offering (the music's danse macabre, at times positively Mahlerian, characteristics brought out most perceptively). Despite any minor qualms, then, this remains a classy, thrillingly accomplished coupling overall.'

Review by Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone

Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]



Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]



Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Recorded: Rudolfinum, Prague, 4, 6 & 8 April 1997 (Scherzo),
7 & 8 December 1997 (Summer tale)

Tracklist:

Summer Tale, Op.29
01. Voices of life and consolation [13'36]
02. Noon [5'36]
03. Intermezzo - Blind musicians [5'10]
04. In the power of phantoms [10'4]
05. Night [15'09]

06. Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 [14'54]


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Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras - Josef Suk: Summer Tale, Op.29; Fantastic Scherzo, Op.25 (1999) [Re-Up]

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