Two intensely lyrical, beautifully orchestrated symphonic poems brought vividly to life by Bělohlávek and the orchestra whose reins he relinquishes this year. A Summer’s Tale is perhaps best seen as a sequel to the harrowing Asrael symphony, Suk finding (rather than cruelty and unfairness) the consolation and warmth the natural world can bring. Prague is an earlier work, an affectionate tribute to the composer’s home city and a generous and welcome coupling here. The recording is demonstration quality in both stereo and surround: these works have never sounded better.
Suk: A Summer's Tale; Prague11:07, 22nd September 2012
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