09. July 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: Losses

… and I’m embarrassed to say I knew neither name. I read these here:

Another link to Romantic Bohemia is gone: Czech violinist Josef Suk has died at age 81 after a long illness. He was Dvorak’s great-grandson and the grandson of composer Josef Suk.

Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth has passed away at age 74 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Born in South Africa, he went on to win three Junos for classical composition.

Josef Suk:

Malcolm Forsyth:


  1. Josef Suk was my favorite violinist bar none. He had a recorded set of all of Mozart’s music for violin and orchestra on the Supraphon label that is the Best of All Time.

  2. Thank you for letting me know, Mike. I should see if they are still out there for purchase.

  3. Thank you for putting up that YouTube link. I had no idea what Suk even looked like, knowing him only from old recordings, but that Dvorak concerto in three YouTuby parts is a perfect example of what made him special. His playing is so clean, unencrusted with schmaltz, yet at the same time completely expressive. He embodies the Mitteleuropa style, with all its folk and gypsy influences, in his very essence while at the same time he clears away all the goopy mannerisms that have accrued to that music over the years. He was really special.

  4. I wish I had known about him earlier, Mike. So many I miss until I read about their deaths … he sounds incredible.