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Martinu: Piano Quintets no 1 & 2, etc / Karel Kosárek, et al

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quintet no 1, H. 229
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quintet no 2, H. 298
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for 2 violins & piano, H. 213
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Notes & Reviews:

"Right from the dreamy opening Martinu's personal blend of impressionistic harmony and sweetly lyrical, syncopated melody makes the work instantly recognizable, and unforgettable. The Adagio second movement must number among his finest in any medium, while the finale, with its alternations of quick and slow tempos and unsettled emotional climate, anticipates that of the Fifth Symphony. In short, this is a great work, certainly one of the best piano quintets of the 20th century... There is very little competition in this music: the ASV release aside, the most noteworthy previous release comes from an old Denon/Supraphon recording of the Second Quintet featuring the Smetana Quartet. The coupling (Three Madrigals) is much less generous than what Naxos offers here, making this extremely well-recorded release essential for chamber music collectors and Martinu fans alike." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quintet no 1, H. 229
  • Performer: Karel Kosárek (Piano)
  • Notes: Czech Radio Studio No. 1, Prague, Czech Republic (06/22/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 03/16/1933

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quintet no 2, H. 298
  • Performer: Karel Kosárek (Piano)
  • Notes: Czech Radio Studio No. 1, Prague, Czech Republic (06/22/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for 2 violins & piano, H. 213
  • Performer: Karel Kosárek (Piano)
  • Notes: Czech Radio Studio No. 1, Prague, Czech Republic (06/22/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/1932