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Martinu: Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra Vol 4 / Hogwood, Matousek, Czech PO

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin no 1, H. 232bis
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin no 2, H. 293
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"No matter how much one may revere Josef Suk's masterful stereo recordings of Martinu's violin concertos, one must admit that with the release of this coupling of the two works by Bohuslav Matousek, those performances have found a worthy digital rival... Together, Matousek and Hogwood create passionately stormy performances of the Czech modernist master's two concertos that deserve to be heard by anyone who enjoys twentieth century music. Hyperion's sound is full and rich, if perhaps a bit too recessed." -All Music Guide

'The Second Concerto is one of Martinu's great masterpieces. Overtly romantic, the Concerto has a huge emotional range; the first movement alone encapsulates epic tragedy and exultation in a strongly symphonic developmental frame which never gets in the way of ravishing lyricism. In these beautifully recorded performances, both Christopher Hogwood and Bohuslav Matoushek have a profound understanding of Martinu's style and the Czech Philharmonic responds with radiant playing ... There is no finer performance of the First Concerto available' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Josef Suk set the benchmark for both concertos but his recordings ... have been overtaken by this newcomer ... My recommendation is for the Hyperion set as a whole' (Gramophone)



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin no 1, H. 232bis
  • Performer: Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 06/1932-02/1933

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Violin no 2, H. 293
  • Performer: Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/23/1943-04/26/1943.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto