Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) - Serenade in E major for String Orchestra, Op. 22, B 52 (1875, rev. 1878) 29:22
1. I. Moderato 4:38
2. II. Menuetto. Allegro noc moto 6:54
3. III. Scherzo. Vivace 5:40
4. IV.Larghetto 5:48
5. V. Finale. Allegro vivace 6:11
Antonín Dvořák - Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44, B 77 (1878) 23:50
6. I. Moderato quasi marcia 4:02
7. II. Menueto. Tempo di minuetto 5:36
8. III. Andante con moto 7:58
9. IV. Finale. Allegro molto 6:05
10. Josef Suk (1874-1935) - Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn 'St Wenceslas', Op. 35a 7:29
Prague Philharmonia, conductor Jakub Hrůša
Stereo digital studio recording.
In my opinion, as soon as Dvorak starts to be pompous, frilly, over-stylized, even rash or studiously virtuoso, the approach is wrong. My goal was to emphasize its simplicity and naturalness, because when this is lost, Dvorak isn' t Dvorak anymore." These words of Jakub Hrusa shine through the young conductor' s third CD, in which he again juxtaposes the works of teacher Antonin Dvorak and his student Josef Suk. Hrusa' s preceding albums (Dvorak - Czech Suite, Waltzes, Polonaise in E flat major, SU38672; Dvorak - Suite in A major, Suk - Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Scherzo Fantastique, SU38822) aroused uncommon interest on the part of critics, proof of the extraordinary talent of the conductor and his meticulous work with the precise, lively, colourful Prague Philharmonia (see Edward Greenfield, Gramophone). This new title, featuring two Dvorak serenades (the 1875 Serenade for Strings and the 1878 Serenade for Winds) and Suk' s Meditation based on the chorale "Saint Wenceslas" is the third part of a triptych dedicated to these two closely connected composers.
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