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Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959): Concertino for Piano Trio & String Orchestra; Concerto for Piano Trio & String Orchestra; Partita / Suite No. 1 for String Orchestra / Storioni Trio (live)

Notes & Reviews:

The works chosen for this recording were written in the early nineteen-thirties, a particularly creative period in Martinu's life. He wrote about this time in a short autobiographical sketch in 1945: "To tell the truth, I am a concerto grosso type. Most textbooks only offer a superficial description of the form, except for the fact that the solo instruments alternate with the orchestra. But there is so much more to this[... ]." Together with the Storiono Trio, and under the direction of Ruben Gazarian, the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt presents these three pieces by Martinu.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The scope of the pieces is grand, the harmonies are serious, and the orchestration is effective. Martinu's ideas seem like a petrified forest: impressive. The turgid textures brought to mind a modified line from one of The Byrds' hits: To everything, churn, churn, churn, there is a season, churn, churn, churn.... The sole movement that holds its own is the Partita's finale, a swirling waltz. It ends the program on an interesting note. The playing is alert and vigorous, and the sonics are fine; notes are in German and English.



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