Suk Trio


Suk Trio

The Suk Trio is a Czech piano trio founded in 1951. The original members were Josef Suk, Julius Katchen, and Janos Starker.Fact|date=July 2008

They made their debut on March 5 at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague with Josef Suk (violin), Jiří Hubička (piano) and Alexandr Večtomov (cello). The permanent member of the ensemble was Josef Suk, the grandson of the composer and name sake of the ensemble.

The pianist that played the longest with the group was Jan Panenka, and the principal cellist was Josef Chuchro.

In 1958 they recorded "Dumky" by Antonín Dvořák for German label Deutsche Grammophon, the first stereophonic recording in the history of the label.cite album-notes |title=Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos 3, 5, 7, Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 |albumlink= |bandname=Suk Trio |year=2008 |notestitle=Suk Trio |url= |first=Jindřich|last=Bálek |authorlink= |coauthors=(transl. Hilda Hearne) |pages=p. 26 |format=CD |publisher=Supraphon |publisherid=SU 3959-2 |location=Prague |mbid= ] The trio performed most of the great piano trios, touring abroad and recording extensively. It received many awards, including the Grand Prix du Disque. Among their notable recordings is one of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 which has recently been re-released on CD by Supraphon. ["Liner notes for Supraphon recording of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1"]

The trio performed in Africa, Europe, Japan, USA, Australia etc.cite album-notes |title=Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos 3, 5, 7, Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 |albumlink= |bandname=Suk Trio |year=2008 |notestitle=Suk Trio |url= |first=Jindřich|last=Bálek |authorlink= |coauthors=(transl. Hilda Hearne) |pages=p. 26 |format=CD |publisher=Supraphon |publisherid=SU 3959-2 |location=Prague |mbid= ]

One of the last concertos took place on 20 May 1990 in Prague, the programme comprised also the composition of Rafael Kubelík (soon after his comeback from exile). The performance occurred in the legendary line-up Suk-Panenka-Chuchro. [cite album-notes |title=Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos 3, 5, 7, Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 |albumlink= |bandname=Suk Trio |year=2008 |notestitle=Suk Trio |url= |first=Jindřich|last=Bálek |authorlink= |coauthors=(transl. Hilda Hearne) |pages=p. 27 |format=CD |publisher=Supraphon |publisherid=SU 3959-2 |location=Prague |mbid= ]

References

External links

* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=41:102228 Biography of Josef Suk]

Selected recordings

*Beethoven, Schubert - Piano Trios CD. Supraphon, Prague. SU 3959-2


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