Suk: Summer Impressions; About Mother; Four Episodes; Suite, Op. 2; Humoresque; Album Leaf

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COMPOSERS: Suk
LABELS: Meridian
WORKS: Summer Impressions; About Mother; Four Episodes; Suite, Op. 2; Humoresque; Album Leaf
PERFORMER: Niel Immelman (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CDE 84317
Suk’s lyrical and evocative gifts are well to the fore in his piano music. None of the mainly descriptive pieces which comprise this disc disappoint; the very opening piece, ‘At noon’ from Summer Impressions, is superbly ear-catching and the suite About Mother, designed to capture for his son memories of the boy’s mother who died tragically young, is genuinely moving.

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Niel Immelman’s first disc, issued two years ago, of what looks like a three-CD survey of all Suk’s solo piano music, was very successful. This second volume continues an impressive trend: Immelman identifies closely with Suk’s often wistful, nostalgic sound-world without burdening it with sentimentality. Sometimes his tempi are on the fast side, but this barely detracts from a fine CD. Jan Smaczny