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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, September 2017

[Essen Philharmonic] is an excellent group, as so many second-echelon German orchestras tend to be these days. …[Tomáš Netopil] brings us a fervent, committed performance, very similar to Pešek’s in thrust and directness. The Essen Philharmonie delivers immensely satisfying bass and a high impact acoustic. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review




Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2017

There have been several good recordings, going back to Ancerl’s superb reading in LP days. My favorite modern one was Pesek’s. I use the past tense, because this one supersedes it. Netopil uses a newly edited score, which incorporates corrections and changes from the original. His interpretation is excellent. The dynamic gradations so important to communicating its emotional arc are lovingly crafted. The conductor seems to have in his mind the entire symphony as a unified entity guiding his course. The Essen orchestra is a large one, with plenty of strings—so important with works like this. It has a steady grasp of Suk’s often febrile style. Recorded sound is excellent. Music like this—not that well known, even—reinforces what an incomparable vehicle of expression is the modern symphony orchestra. Let the sackcloth-and-ashes HIP crowd have their “parsimonious handsful” as Beecham used to say. Give me exalted excess any time. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2017

This is as sober as vivid a performance of Suk’s Asrael Symphony. Tomáš Netopil’s account of this work is eloquent in every respect and a worthy alternative to existing recordings. © 2017 Pizzicato





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