Suk: Piano Music

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Suk: Piano Music
Jonathan Plowright (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 July 2018

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The early works of Josef Suk channel something of the same life-affirming Czech spirit also characteristic of Dvořák, his teacher and father-in-law. Jonathan Plowright makes a persuasive case for a composer whose music is at last emerging from the shadows.

"It sounds as if Jonathan Plowright has thoroughly enjoyed his foray into the world of the character piece… If collective titles along the lines of Summer Impressions or Spring might smack of Walter Carroll, let me reassure you now that this is music of great inventiveness, full of flights of imagination and no small degree of virtuosity… Plowright's affection for this music is palpable at every turn and he's given a warmly immediate recording" Gramophone Editor's Choice August 2018

"Plowright is used to handling weightier tomes, having recently released the fifth instalment of his ongoing Brahms solo works series (also Hyperion), but he is a master of melodies." BBC Music

"There are memories, some vivid some faded, of Brahms, Schumann and Grieg, though Suk's prowess as a pianist is very much to the fore. What is incontrovertible is the quality of Plowright's skill and affection. He makes it impossible to imagine performances of greater warmth and stylistic assurance, crowned by Hyperion's outstanding sound." International Piano

"The music is quite lavishly overheated and histrionic, but there is no denying Plowright's formidable technique and total command of this repertoire" The Observer


Jaro 'Spring' Op 22a [16'38]
No 1, Spring: Jaro: Allegro con brio [4'42]
No 2, The breeze: Vánek: Andante, quasi allegretto [2'04]
No 3, Awaiting: V očekávání: Andante con moto ed espressivo [4'12]
No 4: ***: Andante [2'06]
No 5, Longing: V roztoužení: Allegro non troppo [3'34]

Letní dojmy 'Summer impressions' Op 22b [13'27]
No 1, At noon: V poledne: Moderato [4'37]
No 2, Children at play: Hra dětí: Allegretto [2'20]
No 3, Evening mood: Večerní nálada: Andante espressivo [6'30]

Klavírní skladby 'Piano pieces' Op 7 [25'27]
No 1, Song of love: Píseň lásky: Allegro non troppo lento [6'43]
No 2, Humoresque: Humoreska: Allegretto grazioso [1'35]
No 3, Recollections: Vzpomínky: Andante con moto quasi improvisando [3'33]
No 4 Idyll 1: Idyla: Moderato [2'21]
No 4 Idyll 2: Idyla: Tempo comodo [3'36]
No 5: Dumka: Andante [5'28]
No 6: Capriccietto: Allegro assai [2'11]

Nálady 'Moods' Op 10 [20'57]
No 1, Legend: Legenda: Andante espressivo [7'12]
No 2: Capriccio: Allegro ma non troppo [3'28]
No 3, Romance: Romance: Andante con moto [3'06]
No 4, Bagatelle: Bagatela: Moderato [3'06]
No 5, Spring idyll: Jarní idyla: Vivace [4'05]

Suk - Piano Music - Jonathan Plowright (piano)