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Martinu: Nipponari, Magic Nights, Czech Rhapsody / Pecková, Belohlávek, et al

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Niponari, song cycle for female voice & small orchestra (or piano), H. 68
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Magic Nights (Kouzelne noci), songs (3) for soprano & orchestra, H. 119
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ceska rapsodie (Czech Rhapsody), cantata for baritone, chorus, orchestra & organ, H. 118
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Notes & Reviews:

All three of these compositions open the imaginative world of the young Martinu to the listener, providing a glimpse into his early works for voice and orchestra. 'Nipponari' and 'Magic Nights' were both inspired by exotic texts. The works of Japanese poets used in 'Nipponari' are infused with a wistful, dreamy mood which is masterfully captured by Martinu's unusual instrumentation and subtle compositional technique. For his impressionistic 'Magic Nights' he instinctively chose texts about sorrow in a distant land far from home, unaware that this theme would play a fateful role in his own life.



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Niponari, song cycle for female voice & small orchestra (or piano), H. 68
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (09/03/1988-09/04/1988)
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Magic Nights (Kouzelné noci), songs (3) for soprano & orchestra, H. 119
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (09/03/1988-09/04/1988)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/1918

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ceská rapsódie (Czech Rhapsody), cantata for baritone, chorus, orchestra & organ, H. 118
  • Performer: Ivan Vocals] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (08/30/1985-08/31/1985)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/1918-06/1918