Martinu: Violin Concertos, Rhapsody-concerto

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3967
Format: CD

Josef Suk (violin/viola) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Neumann

Martinu: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, H. 232bis, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, H. 293, Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Legendary, critically acclaimed Suk recordings of Martinù’s concertos in newly re-mastered form. In 1973, together with the conductor Georg Solti, Josef Suk premiered Martinù’s first violin concerto in Chicago. This 'Paris-era' concerto was originally written for the famous violinist Samuel Dushkin. However, it was later mislaid, only to be rediscovered and premiered some 40 years later. Josef Suk was a sound choice for the concerto’s second life; his 1973 recording with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (together with Martinù’s second, “American”, violin concerto) won great accolades, including the Grand Prix du disque de l’Academie Charles Cros. In the wake of the two violin concertos, Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra could be deemed the third part of a trilogy written in the post-war chapter of Martinù’s life. Suk’s legendary recordings, newly re-mastered, are released in the year marking the 80th birthday of the violinist and the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

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