Suk: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet

The music of Josef Suk, pupil of Dvořák and married to the elder composer’s daughter, is only now beginning to be recognized for its true worth. Presented here are three relatively early works, brimming with youthful enthusiasm but already showing considerable individuality, a highly developed approach to structure, and, occasionally, a touch of the melancholy introspection which was to inform many of the composer’s later works. A talented violinist, Suk lends to his chamber compositions a true understanding of the genre, while his thoroughly ‘Czech’ musical upbringing ensures strong representation for the folk and dance influences to be found in the music of many of his contemporaries.

CDH55416  72 minutes 55 seconds
‘Lovely fare, performed with great polish and heartwarming dedication by The Nash Ensemble, and all cleanly captured by the microphones. This disc will surely provide much pleasure’ (Gramophone)
‘All of the performances on this excellently recorded disc are exemplary’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘The Nash Ensemble play these richly rewarding works with style and feeling’ (The Independent)