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Martinu: Complete Piano Music Vol 1 / Giorgio Koukl

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> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 1. Blues
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 2. Scherzo
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 3. Andante
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 4. Danse
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 5. Capriccio
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 6. Largo
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 7. Etude
> 8 Preludes, H. 181 - No. 8. Foxtrot
> Fenetre sur le jardin, H. 270 - I. Poco andante
> Fenetre sur le jardin, H. 270 - II. Allegro moderato
> Fenetre sur le jardin, H. 270 - III. Moderato
> Fenetre sur le jardin, H. 270 - IV. Allegretto
> Bajky (Fables), H. 138 - No. 1. Na farme (On the Farm)
> Bajky (Fables), H. 138 - No. 2. Chudak kralicek (The Poor Rabbit)
> Bajky (Fables), H. 138 - No. 3. Opicky (The Monkeys)
> Bajky (Fables), H. 138 - No. 4. Kuratko (The Chicken)
> Bajky (Fables), H. 138 - No. 5. Zly medved (The Angry Bear)
> 3 Esquisses de danses modernes, H. 160 - No. 1. Tempo di Blues
> 3 Esquisses de danses modernes, H. 160 - No. 2. Tempo di Tango
> 3 Esquisses de danses modernes, H. 160 - No. 3. Tempo di Charleston
> Le noel, H. 167 - No. 1. Le traineau (The Sledge)
> Le noel, H. 167 - No. 2. Berceuse enfantine (Child's Lullaby)
> Le noel, H. 167 - No. 3. Chant de Noel (Christmas Carol)
> 5 Esquisses de danses, H. 220 - No. 1. Allegro moderato
> 5 Esquisses de danses, H. 220 - No. 2. Poco andantino
> 5 Esquisses de danses, H. 220 - No. 3. Allegro vivo
> 5 Esquisses de danses, H. 220 - No. 4. Tempo di valse
> 5 Esquisses de danses, H. 220 - No. 5. Allegro
> Foxtrot, H. 126bis - Foxtrot, H. 126

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Preludes (8) for piano, H. 181
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Window onto the Garden, for piano, H. 270
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bajky (Fables), for piano, H. 138
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Esquisses (3) on Modern Dances for piano, H. 160
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Le Noel, pieces (3) for piano, H. 167
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Esquisses de Danses (5) for piano, H. 220
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Foxtrot narozeny na ruzku, H. 123 bis
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Notes & Reviews:

"Most of the short cycles featured on the first volume in Naxos' complete Martinu piano music survey represent the composer's early style, where French effervescence, the Czech speech patterns of Janacek, and American jazz idioms delightfully collide. They're also pianistically effective and deserve more serious attention among young pianists looking to build interesting programs. Like his one-time teacher Rudolf Firkusny, pianist Giorgio Koukl always channels his considerable technique toward putting Martinu's message first. For example, a greenhorn virtuoso might easily be tempted to make the churning textures and motoric drive characterizing the Allegro vivo third movement of the Esquisses de Danses into a flashy toccata. However, Koukl's steady moderation allows the melodies to truly sing--and even dance. His supple and debonair performances of the eight jazz-inspired Preludes favorably compare to Emil Leichner's relatively drier, leaner ones on Supraphon. Perhaps Leichner imbues Window on the Garden's more lyrical moments with a little more breathing room and tender inflection, but there's much to be said for Koukl's warmer, more colorful sonority, with upgraded sonics to match. Needless to say, I look forward to further volumes." -Classics Today



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Preludes (8) for piano, H. 181
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Window onto the Garden, for piano, H. 270
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/1938

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Bajky (Fables), for piano, H. 138
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Esquisses (3) on Modern Dances for piano, H. 160
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Le Noël, pieces (3) for piano, H. 167
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Esquisses de Danses (5) for piano, H. 220
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Foxtrot narozeny na ruzku, H. 123 bis
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Notes: RSI Lugano, Switzerland (04/19/2004/08/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920