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JOSEF SUK  

(1874 - 1935)

The son-in-law of Dvořák, composer and violinist Josef Suk was for long a member of the Czech Quartet. He wrote relatively little chamber music, achieving distinction rather as a composer of orchestral music.

Orchestral Music

The best known of Suk’s orchestral works is his Serenade for strings, written in 1892. Other works, written on a larger scale (in particular the symphony Asrael, in which he mourns the death of his father-in-law and his wife), represent music of greater ambition. This is also evident in his later A Summer Tale, which is motivically connected with Asrael. A Winter’s Tale is an earlier work, based on Shakespeare.

Chamber Music

Suk wrote relatively little chamber music. His Four Pieces, Op. 17 for violin and piano are a standard element in violin recital repertoire.

Piano Music

Suk also wrote for the piano, an instrument that he himself had played since childhood. These compositions are generally of a more intimate and personal nature, and they include music for his son.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Die schöensten Serenaden Naxos 8.503056
Serenades & Divertimenti Naxos 8.505038

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
ARENSKY, A.S.: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky / GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Suite for String Quartet (Slavonic Serenades) (Moscow Symphony, Stratton) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80144
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: 18 Liebeslieder Walzer (version for piano 4 hands) / DVORAK, A.: Slavonic Dances / SUK, J.: Love Song (Love Songs) (Ketler, Lifschitz) Solo Musica
SM175
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. / KREISLER, F. / GRIEG, E. / LISZT, F. (Salon Classics) (The Rembrandt Trio) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90222
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - MARTINU, B. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. / BODOROVA, S. (Czech Chamber Music) (Vlachova) ArcoDiva
UP0146-2
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 2 - The Romantic Collection Naxos
8.578009-10
Orchestral
Czech Classical Music - SMETANA, B. / JANACEK, L. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. (Kanak, Svarovsky, Kasikova, Kasik, Czech Trio, Visek) ArcoDiva
UP0094-2
Instrumental
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Orchestral
DOHNANYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 1 / DVORAK, A.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / SUK, J.: Elegie (Ensemble Raro) Solo Musica
SM187
Chamber Music
DORIAN RECORDINGS, 1989-2000 (COMPLETE) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90908
Chamber Music
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 3 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90003
Instrumental
DVORAK, A.: Piano Trio No. 3 / MARTINU, B.: Piano Trio No. 3 / SUK, J.: Elegie (Czech Trio) ArcoDiva
UP0072-2
Chamber Music
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trio No. 3 / SMETANA, B.: Piano Trio / SUK, J.: Elegie (Sitkovetsky Trio) BIS
BIS-2059
Chamber Music
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / SUK, J.: Serenade in E-Flat Major / Into a New Life (Talich) (1938) Naxos Historical
8.112050
Orchestral
DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / SUK, J.: Pohadka (Fairy Tale) (Vienna Radio Symphony, Billy) Oehms Classics
OC745
Orchestral
ELGAR, E.: Serenade, Op. 20 / SUK, J.: Serenade, Op. 6 / WOLF, H.: Serenade, "Italienische Serenade" (Budapest Strings, Botvay) Capriccio
C10527
Orchestral
GRIEG: Piano Concerto / CHOPIN: Sonata in B-Flat Minor (Friedman) (1927-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110686
Instrumental
INTERMEZZO - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556616
Orchestral
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Zeit zum Chillen Naxos
8.551302-03
Orchestral
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW, Vol. 2: Lullabies Naxos Educational
8.554790
Orchestral
LYTTE LAERE OG LEGE - VUGGEVISER (Listen, Learn and Play - Lullabies) Naxos
8.570712
Orchestral
MARTINU, B.: String Quartet No. 5 / KAPRALOVA, V.: String Quartet / SUK, J.: Meditation on old Bohemian Chorale (Kapralova Quartet) ArcoDiva
UP0085-2
Chamber Music
Orchestral Music - MACHAUT, G. de / SUK, J. / MACHA, O. / BODOROVA, S. / WENGLER, M. / MERTZIG, R. (Carmina lucemburgiana) (Stilec) ArcoDiva
UP0113-2
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / DUSSEK, F.X. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / VANHAL, J.B. / SMETANA, B. / DUSSKE, J.L. (Czech Miniature Masterpieces) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90121
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kubalek, Antonin - SUK, J. / JANACEK, L. / SMETANA, B. / NOVAK, V. (Memories of Bohemia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90185
Instrumental
RACHMANINOV, S.: Trio elegiaque No. 1 / DVORAK, A.: Piano Trio No. 1 / SUK, J.: Piano Trio, Op. 2 / Elegie (Elegiaco) (Czech Trio) ArcoDiva
UP0102-2
Chamber Music
SCHUBERT: Impromptus / SUK: Serenade in E-Flat Major, Op. 6 Amadis
7248
Orchestral
SMETANA / SUK / NOVAK: Piano Trios Naxos
8.553415
Chamber Music
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos
8.570394
Orchestral
SUK / DVORAK: Serenades for Strings Naxos
8.550419
Orchestral
SUK, J.: Asrael (Helsinki Philharmonic, Ashkenazy) Ondine
ODE1132-5
Orchestral
SUK, J.: Asrael (Malaysian Philharmonic, Flor) BIS
BIS-SACD-1776
Orchestral
SUK, J.: Elegie (version for piano trio) / SMETANA, B.: Piano Trio / BODOROVA, S.: Prefigurations (Elegiac Stories) (Eben Trio) ArcoDiva
UP0143-2
Chamber Music
SUK, J.: Fairy Tale / Fantasy in G Minor / Fantasticke scherzo (M. Ludwig, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta) Naxos
8.572323
Concertos, Orchestral
SUK, J.: Mass in B-Flat Major / FOERSTER, J.B.: Glagolitic Mass / FIBICH, Z.: Missa brevis, Op. 21 (Czech Masses) (Petrdlik, Zicha) ArcoDiva
UP0117-2
Choral - Sacred
SUK, J.: Piano Quartet, Op. 1 / NOVAK, V.: Piano Quartet, Op. 7 / MARTINU, B.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (Czech Piano Quartets) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93261
Chamber Music
SUK: A Summer's Tale / A Winter's Tale Naxos
8.553703
Orchestral
SUK: Six Piano Pieces / De Maman / Moods Naxos
8.553762
Instrumental




 
 
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