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Martinu: The Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra Vol 2

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto da camera for violin, piano, percussion & strings, H. 285
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin, piano & orchestra, H. 342
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Czech Rhapsody for violin & piano, H. 307
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Christopher Hogwood continues his four-volume traversal of Bohuslav Martinu's complete output for violin and orchestra. This important survey contains several first recordings alongside works that still await their rediscovery outside of the Czech Republic. Maestro Hogwood again incites magnetic performances from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - the ensemble in which the composer had once played the violin - and from the distinguished Czech violinist Bohuslav Matousek, one of the foremost living champions of this music. Volume 2 includes the popular 'Concerto da camera', prized for the freshness of its musical invention, sensual orchestral colors and the virtuoso writing for the solo violin.

'[Concerto da camera] With its fresh invention and lively demeanour, this remains one of his more popular concertos although it has never received its due on disc. This newcomer sets that omission straight, however, crisply performed and immaculately recorded. The same applies to its companion pieces ... Strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

'Christopher Hogwood and Bohuslav Matousek are entirely at home with this repertoire: there is a wealth of interpretative details, but what impresses most is the bigger picture and strong sense of where Martinu is going ... In this clear recording there is a huge amount to enjoy' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Concerto da Camera is an inventive and satisfying score in Martinu's Concerto Grosso mode with an appealing variation first movement radiating vitality ... Christopher Hogwood has developed into an outstanding Martinu interpreter and the performances are first-class' (International Record Review)

'Martinu is a terminally underrated figure; these blistering performances will hopefully provide a tipping-point of recognition' (Classic FM Magazine)

'This disc is superb in every aspect from performance to recording quality, and will really force the listener to re-evaluate Martinu's place among composers. Very highly recommended' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'Matousek enjoyes a distinctly concertante approach to the Concerto da camera, only at the appropriate moments stepping into the soloist's role ... Matousek revels in the technical demands of the Czech Rhapsody and caresses its long, flowing melodies with considerable beauty. Karel Kosarek is the excellent pianist, and the Czech Philharmonic is well versed in Martinu's personalised tonal qualities. There's immaculately balanced sound with transparency throughout the orchestra' (The Strad Magazine)

'Like the first issue, his disc is an absolute delight from start to finish, and performances are utterly convincing. Hogwood keeps the music flowing naturally and everything here is a testimony to Martinù's fertile inventiveness. Sound and presentation are of a consistently fine quality' (Classical.net)



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto da camera for violin, piano, percussion & strings, H. 285
  • Performers: Karel Kosárek (Piano); Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (04/16/2004-04/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1941-08/1941

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin, piano & orchestra, H. 342
  • Performers: Karel Kosárek (Piano); Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (04/16/2004-04/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Czech Rhapsody for violin & piano, H. 307
  • Performer: Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (04/16/2004-04/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern