The New World Symphony acclaimed in Japan
In 1982, a Supraphon recording of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, made in 1981 by the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Václav Neumann, won in Japan the Compact Disc Top 30 prize. That year, the Japanese music critics also presented to Supraphon the Prize of The Ongakuno Tomo Sha Publishing House 1981, for its recording of W. A. Mozart’s String Quartets in C minor, K 406, and E flat major, K 614, as performed by the Smetana Quartet and the violin virtuoso Josef Suk. Supraphon had previously received the prize in 1974, for an album of Antonín Dvořák’s symphonies, and in 1980, for a disc of Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet, featuring the Smetana Quartet.