Suk - Asrael (2015)

Suk

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy

The musical history of the Czech nation over some three centuries has often been something of a family affair. The dedication of several generations of a single family to performing, teaching and composing has been a phenomenon of Czech musical life from the seventeenth century to the present day. In the eighteenth century the most famous representatives of this tendency, largely because of their impact on German music, were the Stamitz and Benda families. While there was less of a trend towards migration in the romantic era, distinguished families of musicians were still a vital part of Czech culture, and, spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is the most famous of these musical dynasties: the Dvora?ks and the Suks.
The first notable Suk in this distinguished line was the composer, Josef. Born in the Bohemian village of Krecovice, he shared a similar musical background to many provincial musicians - learning from his father who was also the local teacher and choirmaster. The climax of Suk’s musical studies was the year spent between 1891 and 1892 as a pupil of Antoni?n Dvora?k at the Prague Conservatory. After this, Suk divided his career between professional violin playing – mainly as second violin in the Czech Quartet – and composing. If some of the works of the 1890s show affinities with his teacher, Dvor?a?k, there were numerous indicators of a clear personal style in which minor key melody, a fine ear for instrumental sonority and a tendency toward melancholy are prevalent characteristics.

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries, was founded as the Helsinki Orchestral Society by the young Robert Kajanus, its first Chief Conductor, in 1882. Well known today for its tradition of performing Sibelius, it also premiered many of his major works, often with the composer himself conducting. The orchestra undertook its first foreign tour to the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, and since then it has visited most European countries, in addition to visiting the USA and Japan, both on four occasions. 
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Ondine have maintained a long-standing exclusive partnership with, among others, an edition of the complete Sibelius symphonies under the direction of Leif Segerstam (ODE 1075-2Q). The new Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from autumn 2008 will be violinist and conductor John Storgårds, who has been the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor since 2003.

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Suk - Asrael (2015)

Suk

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

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Asrael, Op. 27 - Part I- I. Andante sostenuto
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Asrael, Op. 27 - Part I- II. Andante -
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Asrael, Op. 27 - Part I- III. Vivace - Andante sostenuto
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Asrael, Op. 27 - Part II- IV. Adagio
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Asrael, Op. 27 - Part II- V. Adagio e maestoso - Allegro appassionato
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