||SUK / DVORAK - Sérénades Tchèques - Daniel Myssyk (Conductor) -
Appassionata Chamber Orchestra - 771028236930 - Released: October 2012 - Fidelio FACD036|
For those unfamiliar with the music of Josef Suk (1874-1935), nothing could serve as a better introduction to this gifted composer than his
Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op. 6. Written when he was around the age of 20 and a composition student of Antonin Dvorak,
I find it surpasses his teacher's own Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 also on this CD, by its immediate appeal and more clever use
of simple, and yet beautiful melodies to carry the music along. For his time, Josef Suk was not a pioneer on the leading edge of 20th century music, but rather a true craftsman
that could work wonders with the material at hand. His most famous work for example, the Asrael Symphony, does not cover any new ground, but can rivet the listener
with passages of tremendous emotional impact. It is worth having this recording simply to hear the beautiful Adagio movement of his Serenade.