This is the ninth recording of Josef Suk's second symphony in C minor, the "Asrael" Symphony, the angel of death symphony, Suk's symphonic masterpiece and his heart-wrenching requiem for his beloved young wife Otilka.
Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony. Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony.
Symphony Op. 27 Asrael. 1. Andante Sostenuto. Composed By – Josef Suk (2). Conductor – Kirill Petrenko. Design – Lothar Bruweleit. Engineer – Ekkehard Stoffregen. Executive-Producer – Burkhard Schmilgun, Stefan Lang. Liner Notes – Eckhardt van den Hoogen. Orchestra – Orchester Der Komischen Oper Berlin. Photography By – Konrad Biehl.
Kirill Petrenko’s first recording with his new orchestra has plenty to admire but taken as a whole feels rather underpowered. A sample of what to expect comes with this 2017 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, taken from the first concert that Petrenko conducted with the orchestra after his appointment was announced. Though as lavishly packaged as the Berlin Philharmonic’s own CDs always are, at around £16 it’s still pretty poor value for just 45 minutes’ music.
The Asrael Symphony for large orchestra in C minor (Czech: „Asrael, Symfonie pro velký orchestr C moll), Op. 27 (1905–1906), is a Czech symphony composed by Josef Suk. Suk wrote the work in memory of his father-in-law and teacher, Antonín Dvořák (died 1904), and his wife (Dvořák's daughter) Otilie Suková (née Dvořáková) (died 1905). Suk began to compose his funeral symphony at the beginning of 1905, about eight months after Dvořák's death
Album + Compilation + Live. Kirill Petrenko conducts Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, A Summer’s Tale, The Ripening.
Kirill Petrenko conducts. has been added to your Cart. On offer on Discs One and Two are the great Asrael symphony and the symphonic poem A Summers Tale, both written during and in the aftermath of grief-stricken times for Suk. The Tale of a Winters Evening overture after Shakespeares drama A Winters Tale and The Ripening, a later tone poem composed 1912-17, encompass the third and final disc. The sonics are excellent
Seconding all of Olga's requests. When I first heard the Berliner's appointment of Kirill Petrenko I thought they meant Vassily, which would have been a fine choice, but Kirill is a mystery. Hearing some recordings would be most welcome.
Artist: Josef Suk, Kirill Petrenko Genre: Classical Release Date: 09/11/2015 Label: Cpo Catalog Number: 555009 Recording: Studio Length: Format: CD. Dig-Deeper.
The Asrael Symphony is considered to be Suk's masterpiece. It was written in anguished circumstances following the deaths of Dvorak, his father-in-law in 1904 and then his wife in 1905. Suk was just 31 years old at that time and this double tragedy changed his outlook. The symphony was written with this background in mind and consists of five movements three of which are slow and one of the remaining two is predominantly slow. The opening motif of fate and the rising and falling figure of death in the long opening movement are recurring themes in the work
|Symphony in C minor, Op. 27 ("Asrael")|
|1||Andante sostenuto||Kirill Petrenko||14:45|
|5||Adagio maestoso||Kirill Petrenko||14:02|
Credits:Berlin Comic Opera Orchestra - Orchestra
Konrad Biehl - Photography
Lothar Bruweleit - Design
Eckhardt van den Hoogen - Liner Notes
Stefan Lang - Executive Producer
Sophie Liwszyc - Liner Note Translation
Michael Luis - Violin
Wolfram Nehls - Recording Supervision
Kirill Petrenko - Conductor, Primary Artist
Susan Marie Praeder - Liner Note Translation
Burkhard Schmilgun - Executive Producer
Ekkehard Stoffregen - Engineer