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Martinu: The Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra Vol 3 / Hogwood, Matousek, Czech PO

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Suite concertante for violin & orchestra, H. 276 (2 versions)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Rhapsodie for Viola and Orchestra
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, the only place they can now be heard. 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.

'Martinu was prolific in every field, but perhaps no more so than in the concerto, where he explored a variety of forms and instrumental combinations ... Bohuslav Matouek plays all three works here with energy and an imaginative range of tonal colour, while the accompaniments from Christopher Hogwood and the Czech orchestra are equally resourceful' (Daily Telegraph)

'In the Rhapsody-Concerto Matouek shows himself as adept a viola-player as he is a violinist, sweeter-toned than Telecky and a match for Imai and Bukac ... This third volume in Hyperion's invaluable series is as desirable as its predecessors: highly recommended' (Gramophone)

'The performance of the two-movement Rhapsody-Concerto is exemplary ... Matoushek exchanges violin for viola and luxuriates in the radiant lyricism of Martinu's last period. Hogwood shapes the structures with magnificent insight and, with the orchetsra, provides attentive accompaniment throughout' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Bohuslav Matoushek, as he has shown in the previous two volumes in his series, is a master interpreter of Martinu's music, but his wonderfully intense playing of the Rhapsody reveals him as a superb viola player as well ... Magnificently recorded, with excellent documentation. Buy it' (The Dominion Post, New Zealand)



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Suite concertante for violin & orchestra, H. 276 (2 versions)
  • Performer: Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/1938-05/1939

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Rhapsodie for Viola and Orchestra
  • Performer: Bohuslav Matousek (Viola)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/15/1952-04/18/1952.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern