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Martinu: Chamber Music for Viola, etc / Besa, Barta, Bouskova, Kosarek, et al

Album Summary

>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
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Musique de Chambre no 1 for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp & piano, H. 376
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

While Bohuslav Martinu dedicated himself to the violin and its brilliant tone from the very beginning of his oeuvre, the viola doesn't appear until his later years, (all of the pieces on this album dating from the period 1947–59). It is as if he found in the viola, with its dark timbres, its ability to be harsh and rhythmic as well as sweet and lyrical, an instrument to express his feelings and sufferings in the last part of his life. A Mozartian joy and temperament flash through the lyrical moods, nostalgia and "Czech" fervor of the folk-music motives, like reminders of his unbridled youth through memories of the homeland to which he was no longer able to return.



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Madrigals (3) for Violin and Viola
  • Performers: Alexander Besa (Viola); Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Notes: music hall of the hospital in Kromeríz (01/23/2005/02/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Duo for Violin and Viola no 2, H 331
  • Performers: Alexander Besa (Viola); Bohuslav Matousek (Violin)
  • Notes: music hall of the hospital in Kromeríz (01/23/2005/02/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/13/1950

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
  • Performers: Petra Besa-Pospisilova (Piano); Alexander Besa (Viola)
  • Notes: Composition written: 11/22/1955-12/16/1955.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Musique de Chambre no 1 for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp & piano, H. 376
  • Performers: Jan Talich (Violin); Karel Kosárek (Piano); Jana Bouskova (Harp); Ludmila Peterková (Clarinet); Alexander Besa (Viola); Jiri Barta (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/14/1959-03/03/1959.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern