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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Dong-Suk Kang plays Svendsen’s once popular Romance in G without sentimentality but with full-hearted lyricism.  The balance places him a little too forward, but the recording is very satisfactory.



Bauman
American Record Guide, June 2002

"This is quite welcome, for it introduces us to the Moods of Op. 10. Certainly this is well played and extremely well recorded and it is cheap enough to be easily recommended."



John Warrack
Gramophone, April 2002

"[Suk's] piano music is some of the most attractive in the whole of Czech music... Lauriala has a quick gift for characterisation, whether with the 'Capricietto' or the longer lyrical lines of the 'Song of Love', both from Op. 7. He also has a good ear for the sometimes subtle forms which underly Suk's invention and which lend them strength. About Mother ('O matince') is the sequence of five pieces in which Suk mourned the death of his young wife Otylka, Dvorak's daughter, with some musical memories for their son. Lauriala handles well the affecting piece in which the insistent, halting throb reflects the fragile beat of Otylka's heart, and plays the final 'Memories' simply and touchingly."



Jan Smaczny
BBC Music Magazine, April 2002

"While everything on this disc is attractive, the most captivating music resides in the five pieces from 1907, composed as pictures of his wife Otilie, who tragically had died two years before, as a memento for Suk's young son. Their searching, often quite dissonant harmonies along with the occasional passionate outbursts suggest rage about the composer's loss as well as sadness. Risto Lauriala is always responsive to Suk's bitter-sweet muse..."





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