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Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto; Three Madrigals; Duo no 2; Sonata for viola & piano / Maxim Rysanov, viola; Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Rhapsodie for Viola and Orchestra
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Madrigals (3) for Violin and Viola
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Duo for Violin and Viola no 2, H 331
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leading violist Maxim Rysanov and fellow musicians play Bohuslav Martinu's four later works for viola, all composed during his USA residence (1940-56) and all of which belong to the central 20th c. repertoire for the instrument. The Rhapsody-Concerto (1952) is a lyrical two-movement work characterized by sustained legato writing, sudden changes of mood and texture and vivid orchestration. The technically demanding two Duos for violin and viola follow. The tough, passionate mood of the two-movement Viola Sonata (1955) often recalls the composer's better-known cello sonatas.

The Guardian, 7th May 2015
It makes perfect sense that Bohuslav Martinu was a fan of the viola; the instrument's generous, conversational voice is exactly right for his music, and this recording from Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanov is easy proof of why...Rysanov clinches the shifting characters and always makes his lines sing; conductor Jirf Belohlßvek draws warmth and brawn from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Rysanov plays... with great expression and there's a spring in his step... the Viola Sonata, with Katya Apekisheva in strong support, is the most discursive of the pieces here but she and Rysanov have the measure of it. That distinctive measured dance tune at 1'44 which returns as the first movement's coda is pure magic in their hands. A Martinu CD to play again and again.

America Record Guide, November/December 2015

America Record Guide, November/December 2015
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) has never been one of my favorite composers, but in the hands of these performers, I completely forget that. Maxim Rysanov is the kind of musician who can do the musical equivalent of reading from the phone book and making it exciting. They were born to play together, and I hope that they never stop. Rysanov plays a viola made in 1780 by Giuseppe Guadagnini. Very good sound.



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Rhapsodie for Viola and Orchestra
  • Performer: Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/15/1952-04/18/1952.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Madrigals (3) for Violin and Viola
  • Performers: Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/17/1947-03/19/1947.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Duo for Violin and Viola no 2, H 331
  • Performers: Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/13/1950

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
  • Performers: Katya Apekisheva (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Notes: Composition written: 11/22/1955-12/16/1955.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern