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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, July 2020

Jakub Hrůša is on the more thoughtful, loving side of the spectrum. He has recorded it twice, first with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra for Exton, and now with the far richer sounding and more beautiful Bavarian Radio Symphony. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Fraunholzer
Rondo, June 2020

Jakub Hrůša, who comes from Brno, succeeds in making an outstandingly beautiful recording… One of the most important CDs on BR-Klassik alongside those of Mariss Jansons. © 2020 Rondo

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, May 2020

Hruša has a fruitful recording contract with his Bamberg orchestra but the Bavarians provide some real trenchancy in the brass, especially the low brass, and in the layered strings. The high winds are also excellently balanced here, and the bass drum resounds like the Last Judgement in the Andante sostenuto, a movement made all the more visceral by virtue of the conductor’s steady tempo. The succeeding Andante is also steady…

…Hruša’s reading scores highly because of its consistent pacing, its orchestral finesse and excellent recording. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jan Smaczny
BBC Music Magazine, May 2020

The excellent recorded sound is a vital component of this performance, allowing every aspect of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra’s magnificent orchestral playing to emerge with clarity. Overall, this near-definitive performance is one to treasure. © 2020 BBC Music Magazine

Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone, May 2020

…Hruša feels never less than attentive to its mingled pathos and plangency. He also catches the febrile mood at the start of the finale, the Bavarian Radio players audibly outdoing their former selves during its contrapuntal intricacies on the way to an explosive climax which duly subsides toward a heartfelt epilogue—Hruša mindful that its bestowing of the ultimate benediction needs to be shot through with the pain of experience. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, March 2020

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks delivers a dedicated account that is both penetrating and full of verve. I am impressed by Hrůša’s pacing and by his digging deep into the score. The sound is first-class. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2020

…Hruša has plenty of breath, and his handling of the musical tension is masterful. I don’t believe that I have ever heard this symphony before in such a compelling, narrative, atmospheric and agitated performance. The most astonishing is how Hruša manages to bring the succession of highly passionate and deeply poetic passages in a completely logical and natural flow. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review

Jonathan Blumhofer
The Arts Fuse, March 2020

…Jakub Hrůša’s new recording of Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) is a special one—and for all the right reasons.

One of them is that the conductor provides a commanding view of the work’s overriding structure: he never gets lost in its thickets but, at the same time, manages to elucidate many of the piece’s subtle orchestrational details.

For Suk fans, particularly, and 20th-century symphonic enthusiasts, more generally, this is a great release. © 2020 The Arts Fuse Read complete review

Lark Reviews, March 2020

It is surprising that Suk is still so little known in Britain. Those of us who admire his work and see its importance, standing as it does between Dvorak and Martinu, will surely welcome this fine new recording of one of his major works—The Asrael Symphony. The orchestration is masterly and the composer’s control of structure over more than an hour of development is equally pleasing. If you don’t know the work or a wider range of Suk’s compositions, this is a good place to start. © 2020 Lark Reviews

Ivan Hewett
Daily Telegraph (UK), March 2020

It’s a strange emotional world, like nothing else in music, and this recording reveals it with heart-stopping intensity. Suk’s score is hugely difficult to play, especially for the violins, but the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra makes its rich, sombre palette glow magnificently. The conductor Jakub Hrůša observes Suk’s numerous tempo changes, and even adds some of his own, but he keeps the sense of mourning and resignation at the core of this beautiful, inconsolable piece. © 2020 Daily Telegraph (UK)

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2020

Here we have a new account by Jakob Hrůša, one of the younger generation of Czech composers (he was born in 1981, so at the time of recording he was but 37), and like the other more modern digital readings it has a warmer, richer sound than Ančerl’s classic account.

I think you really do need to be Czech to give this music the kind of bite it needs, and the astonishing warmth of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra’s lower strings—and the powerful thump of the tympani—do come across better here. In many respects, then, this is a fine reading. © 2020 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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