Josef Suk was a student of Dvorak and became his successor. He then became the teacher of Bohislav Martinu. Other Czech masters were Bedrich Smetana and Leos Janacek. Suk's contribution to the development of Czech Bohemian music is neglected. His compositions do not find their way easily to the concert stage. He started writing his first symphony and called it the Ripening when he was only twenty three. The symphony is more in the mould of a symphonic poem and more in the idiom of incidental music. This is a work in which Suk puts his listeners through the entire breadth of human emotions as he suffered the pain of losing two people whom he loved much in life. The symphony is full of moving emotional content. Belohlavek delivers this symphony with authority and refinement, maintaining a lovely balance with the London players.
Josef Suk Symphony No.1 Op.14 in E Major
1. Allegro ma non troppo-Allegro-Energico con fuoco-Tempo I-Tranquillo-Maestoso- Allegro con brio
2. Adagio-Pochettino piu mosso-Molto appassionato-Tempo I
3. Allegro vivace-Poco meno mosso-Tempo I
4. Allegro-Allegro con brio-Grandioso e maestoso