Composer: Eugen Suchon
Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 1.14 GB
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi / Suchon – Symfonietta rustica, Baladicka suita & Metamorfozy
Metamorfózy (Metamorphosis) 26:56
01. I. Andante con moto 2:10
02. II. L’istesso tempo 2:49
03. III. Allegro moderato 5:44
04. IV. Larghetto 5:56
05. V. Allegro feroce 10:17
Baladická suita (Balladic Suite), Op. 9 21:43
06. I. Allegro moderato ma energico 5:08
07. II. Adagio 6:17
08. III. Allegro molto 5:19
09. IV. Largo, con malinconia 4:59
Symfonietta rustica 14:52
10. I. Moderato e sostenuto 5:47
11. II. Adagio 5:37
12. III. Allegro assai 3:28
Recording Venue: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
Although his music is rarely performed nowadays, Eugen Suchoň was the most influential and respected Slovak composer of the twentieth century.
Three of his greatest symphonic works are performed here by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director, Neeme Järvi. The works were composed during the years which Suchoň spent in Bratislava, where he turned his interest to the origins of Slovak folk music and to extended tonality.
In the four-movement Baladická suita (Balladic Suite), of 1935, Suchoň incorporates some Slovak folk elements and demonstrates his mastery of orchestration in an almost impressionist piece of great power and vitality. Written in 1953, the Metamorfózy (Metamorphoses) reflects the composer’s own impressions during the war years, from a relatively tranquil pre-1939 to more disturbed wartime emotions in the Allegro moderato, the last two movements respectively peaceful and triumphal.
If the Symfonietta rustica, completed in 1956, opens with some lyrical and rhapsodic elements recalling the Metamorfózy, this rustic work, adapted from the earlier Sonata rustica for piano, shows what the composer had achieved through his experiments in the modality of Slovak folk music. Winner of two Grammy Awards, in 2004 and 2010, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is the longest continually operating professional orchestra of its kind in Estonia and tours all over the world.
BBC Music Magazine
Suchon’s engaging post-Romantic idiom fuses Scriabin’s hot-house exotica with a Gallic predilection for harmonic allure.
Järvi’s account with the superlative Estonian National Symphony Orchestra fair fizzes with excitement…superb sound and performances throughout make this the reference recording for Suchoň outside the operas and the perfect introduction to his art. Recommended