Martinu: La Revue de Cuisine, complete ballet music; Harpsichord Concerto; Les rondes et al. / Robert Hill, harpsichord

> Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246 - I. Poco allegro
> Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246 - II. Adagio
> Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246 - III. Allegretto
> Musique de chambre No. 1, H. 376 - I. Allegretto moderato
> Musique de chambre No. 1, H. 376 - II. Andante moderato
> Musique de chambre No. 1, H. 376 - III. Poco allegro
> Les rondes, H. 200 - I. Poco allegro
> Les rondes, H. 200 - II. Poco andantino
> Les rondes, H. 200 - III. Allegro
> Les rondes, H. 200 - IV. Tempo di valse
> Les rondes, H. 200 - V. Andantino
> Les rondes, H. 200 - VI. Allegro vivo
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Prologue: Allegretto
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Introduction: Tempo di marche
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Danse du moulinet autour du chaudron: Poco meno
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Danse du chaudron et du couvercle: Allegro
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Tango (Danse d'amour): Lento
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Duel: Poco a poco allegro. Tempo di charleston
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Entr'acte (Lamentation du chaudron): Allegro moderato
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Marche funebre: Adagio
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Danse radieuse: Tempo di marche
> La revue de cuisine, H. 161 - Fin du drame: Allegretto

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Musique de Chambre no 1 for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp & piano, H. 376
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Les Rondes, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, 2 violins & piano, H. 200
>Martinu, Bohuslav : La Revue de Cuisine (Kitchen Revue), jazz suite & ballet for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, cello & pia
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ranging from 1927 to 1959, the year of Martinu's death, these four works reveal his unceasing versatility in chamber repertoire. La revue de cuisine, heard here in a recent reconstruction of the original complete score, is a supreme example of Martinu's jazz style. In Les rondes he evokes his Moravian folk heritage. The Harpsichord Concerto is resourcefully scored and brilliantly crafted, whilst Chamber Music No. 1 ('Les fêtes nocturnes'), one of his last works, sees no cessation of his invention nor of his delight in atmospheric color. One of the most distinguished performers on early keyboard instruments, in the last decades Robert Hill has collaborated with Reinhard Goebel, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, among others. The pianist and conductor Klaus Simon founded and is the artistic director of the Holst-Sinfonietta and the Young Opera Company, with both of which he has dedicated himself particularly to music of the twentieth century.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Engineering is excellent, except the harpsichord.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
The performances here are first rate as is the vibrant recorded sound. The instrumentalists all receive due recognition in the notes and it would be churlish of me to single out any one of them - such is the excellence of the ensemble. Furthermore, Klaus Simon clearly has the measure of Martinu's music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany (10/25/2009-10/26/2009).



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246
  • Performer: Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Ensemble: Holst Sinfonietta
  • Notes: SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany (10/25/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/11/1935

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Musique de Chambre no 1 for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp & piano, H. 376
  • Notes: SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany (10/25/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Les Rondes, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, 2 violins & piano, H. 200
  • Performer: Klaus Simon (Piano)
  • Notes: SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany (10/25/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/23/1930

>Martinu, Bohuslav : La Revue de Cuisine (Kitchen Revue), jazz suite & ballet for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, cello & pia
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Notes: SWR Studio, Freiburg, Germany (10/25/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1927