A. Dvořák, L. van Beethoven, J. S. Svendsen, Z. Fibich, H. Wieniawski, H. Berlioz - Romances for Violin and Orchestra, P. I. Tchaikovsky - Sérénade mélancolique in B minor
Josef Suk - violin (Stradivarius 1687)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Václav Neumann, Prague Symphony Orchestra / Václav Smetáček
When the violin maestro Josef Suk, celebrating his 80th birthday this year, recorded for Supraphon a CD of Antonín Dvořák's and Josef Suk's chamber works (SU 3976-2) last year, the reviewers marvelled at the album's intimate mood, tone and interpretational directness. These attributes are also characteristic of his latest release, "Romance". On these 30-year-old recordings, Suk is backed by the two finest Czech orchestras. The album is abounding in the very qualities synonymous with Suk's illustrious name: the beautiful, mellow and cultivated tone of his Stradivarius, sparkling technique and depth of feeling.
These pieces by Czech and foreign composers are as though tailored to Suk's virtuosity.