Vaclav Talich conducts Dvořák & Suk Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (in 1935, 1938)


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Talich

Catalogue Number: PACL 95012
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Date/Runtime: TOTAL TIME 64:05 AAD, 1935/8
Barcode: 5055354409127


“In 1935 Talich brought the Czech P.O to London, where he made legendary Dvořák recordings including this Eighth Symphony – in which I feel I am truly in touch with the composer. Stanislav Novák’s violin solos are exquisite, the pacing of the traditionally shaped performance is flawless and the strings sliding up and down in the Scherzo are irresistible. In 1938, just after the Munich betrayal, conductor and orchestra were back at Abbey Road to record supple accounts of Dvořák’s Sixth and Seventh symphonies and, (here..) their loveliest Talich recording, Suk’s Serenade for Strings. Here everything is dewy-fresh and transparent, the solo playing (Alexander Plocek) is light as gossamer (Suk wrote the passage for solo strings at the end of the Adagio specially for Talich).” [Gramophone Awards 2005]

Suk: Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.6 [28:00]
1 I. Andante con moto 6.09
2 II. Allegro ma non troppo e grazioso 5.41
3 III. Adagio – Piu andante 9.12
4 IV. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto 6.57
Recorded December 1938 in London
Matrix nos.: 2EA 7156-59 & 2EA 7170-73
Dvořák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 [35:56]
5 I. Allegro con brio 9.50
6 II. Adagio 10.17
7 III. Allegretto grazioso 6.45
8 IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo 9.03
Recorded December 1935 in London
Matrix nos.: 2EA 2808-17
Original transfers: Mark Obert-Thorn
Re-mastered 2023 by Gene Gaudette (Urlicht Audio-Visual)
& Paul Arden-Taylor (

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm