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Dvorak: 30 Song Transcriptions for Violin and Viola and Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2010

Originally recorded in 2010


Vladimir Ashkenazy


Josef Suk


Josef Suk



Bohemia Music Studio, Prague


Milan Publicky

Martin Anderson



Jan Lzicar

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Total Time - 60:02
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Gypsy Songs, Op. 55

1 No. 1: 'My song of love rings through the dusk' 2:58
2 No. 2: 'Hey! Ring out my triangle' 0:55
3 No. 3: 'All around the woods are still' 2:23
4 No. 4: 'Songs mu mother taught me' 2:09
5 No. 5: 'Come and join the dancing' 0:59
6 No. 6: 'Wide the sleeves and loose the trousers' 1:10
7 No. 7: 'Give a hawk a fine cage' 1:38

In Folk Tone, Op. 73: Nos 1 and 3

8 No. 1: 'Goodnight' 2:23
9 No. 3: 'Oh nothing, nothing van change for me' 2:38

Love Songs, Op. 83

10 No. 1: 'Never will love lead us to that glad goal' 1:49
11 No. 2: 'Death reigns in many a human heart' 1:55
12 No. 3: 'I often wander past that house' 1:04
13 No. 4: 'I know that on my love to you' 1:56
14 No. 5: 'Nature lies peacful in sleep and dreaming' 1:24
15 No. 6: 'Lonely in the forest I stand' 1:47
16 No. 7: 'When your sweet glances fall on me' 1:37
17 No. 8: 'Oh, my only dear one, but for you' 1:23

Four Songs, Op. 82: No. 1: 'Leave Me Alone'


Lullaby, B 194

 Josef Suk violin

Biblical Songs, Op. 99

20 No. 1: 'Clouds and darkness are round about him' (Psalm 97) 1:57
21 No. 2: 'Thou art my hiding place and my shield' (Psalm 119) 1:43
22 No. 3: 'Give ear to my prayer, O God' (Psalm 55) 2:41
23 No. 4: 'The Lord is my shepherd' (Psalm 23) 2:26
24 No. 5: 'I will sing a new song unto thee, O God' (Psalm 144) 2:32
25 No. 6: 'Hear my cry, O God' (Psalm 61) 2:50
26 No. 7: 'By the waters of Babylon' (Psalm 137) 2:29
27 No. 8: 'Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me' (Psalm 25) 2:30
28 No. 9: 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills' (Psalm 121) 1:52
29 No. 10: 'O sing unto the Lord a new song' (Psalm 96) 1:50
 Josef Suk viola

Moravian Duets, Op. 32: No. 11: 'Captured'

 Josef Suk violin
Dvorák: Songs My Great-Grandfather Taught Me

Antonín Dvo?ák has long been known as one of music’s supreme melodists, but his songs have not made quite the headway of his best-known works. Now thirty of them are given a new lease of life in transcriptions for violin or viola and piano by Josef Suk, his great-grandson – the viola pieces performed here on Dvo?ák’s own instrument, restored especially for this recording. This disc offers two of the world’s greatest musicians, Josef Suk and Vladimir Ashkenazy, playing together for the first time, in some of the most beautiful music ever written, in versions never heard before.

‘Another bright idea from Toccata Classics’s Martin Anderson. He has persuaded Josef Suk to transcribe the songs of his great-grandfather, Antonín Dvorák, for violin and viola, giving new life to these charming but neglected miniatures. […] A tender and highly personal collection to cherish.’

Stephen Pritchard

The Observer - 4 July 2010

‘These delightful transcriptions reach to the heart of Dvorák’s songfulness and, unmediated by interpolations or unnecessary curlicues, present them simply and aptly in a new, wholly worthwhile medium. […] [Josef Suk] remains a marvel.  If you know the songs, or even if you don’t, I think you’ll love these transcriptions.’

Jonathan Woolf


MusicWeb - June 2010

‘What on paper already seems an important release - Dvorák’s great-grandson with Vladimir Ashkenazy in Dvorák transcriptions – turns out to be a real gem. Suk and Ashkenazy deliver unspeakably lovely performances. This is a recording to return to again and again.’

James Jolly

Gramophone - March 2010

‘[a] delightful disc... The inauthentic doesn’t come much more authentic. [...] For the Op 99 Biblical Songs, Suk takes up the viola, but his violin tone is so rich, you could believe he was playing one all along.’

Paul Driver

The Sunday Times - 14 February 2010

‘Toccata Classics, the record company arm of Toccata Press, furthers the aim of exploring the byways of classical music. And as a label it has turned up some real treats… [the] disc of Dvorak songs transcribed for violin or viola by Josef Suk and played by him with Ashkenazy at the piano is glorious!’

James Jolly

Gramophone - March 2010

Download Round-up March 2010
‘very entertaining and it typifies Toccata’s enterprise in offering out-of-the-way music.  I first heard Josef Suk play his great-grandfather’s music in the early 1960s on a Supraphon recording of the Dvorák Violin Concerto, and I’m delighted to hear that he is still going strong – here playing both the violin and his great-grandfather’s viola.’

Brian Wilson


MusicWeb - March 2010

 ‘...blissful… a real labor of love on several levels.’ ****

Gary Lemco

Audiophile Audition - 9 January 2011

“Gianandrea Noseda’s Rachmaninov series, which so far includes the First Symphony and operas ‘Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight, continues with a sumptuous account of the composer’s longest and most accomplished symphony. The beauty of Rachmaninov’s orchestration is emphasised with playing that is both rich and detailed, the clarinet solo in the Adagio not only beguilingly played but also supported by a luminous and seductive web of sound.”

Christian Hoskins

‘Few words needed. There are some lovely pieces here all of which sound as if they are originals for violin and/or viola with piano, a tribute to these very effective transcriptions by Josef Suk, who, recorded a month or so after his 80th-birthday, plays with feeling and insight and is accompanied with power, deftness and discretion by Vladimir Ashkenazy. […] This is authoritative music-making in both the endeavour of arranging and through the insights of performance, Suk and Ashkenazy making no concession to age.’

Colin Anderson

Performance ****      Recording *****

"With its avowed commitment to recording unjustly neglected repertory it may seem rather strange for Toccata Classics to be featuring works by such a mainstream figure as Dvorak. Yet with a few notable exceptions the great composer’s songs are hardly well-known outside the Czech Republic, so the opportunity  to hear these evocative and melodious miniatures in affectionate and warmly recorded performances from these great musicians should not be passed up lightly."

"...I find the final song from the 11th of the Op. 32 Moravian Duets ... particularly captivating."

Erik Levi

BBC Music Magazine - May 2010

‘Readers familiar with Suk’s immense and magnificent discography will be delighted to discover he’s playing as well as ever... we can hear the same vibrant tone, pure intonation and confident musicianship that has thrilled us for many years... Dvorák’s melodic quality is strong enough to stand without text. And, in Ashkenazy’s hands, the piano parts emerge as wonderfully colourful and evocative.’

Duncan Druce                          

Gramophone - March 2010

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