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Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5

> Piano Concerto No. 3, H. 316 - I. Allegro
> Piano Concerto No. 3, H. 316 - II. Andante poco moderato
> Piano Concerto No. 3, H. 316 - III. Moderato - Allegro
> Piano Concerto No. 5, H. 366, "Fantasia concertante" - I. Poco allegro risoluto
> Piano Concerto No. 5, H. 366, "Fantasia concertante" - II. Poco andante
> Piano Concerto No. 5, H. 366, "Fantasia concertante" - III. Poco allegro
> Piano Concertino, H. 269 - I. Allegro moderato (Comodo)
> Piano Concertino, H. 269 - II. Lento
> Piano Concertino, H. 269 - III. Allegro

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 3, H. 316
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 5 ("Fantasia concertante"), H. 366
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concertino for piano & orchestra, H. 269
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Notes & Reviews:

Martinu was an immensely prolific and varied composer with an impressive list of orchestral compositions including six symphonies and five piano concertos. The three works for piano and orchestra on this disc span twenty years of the Czech composer's peripatetic career, from the 'Concertino' (Paris, 1938) to the 'Third Piano Concerto' (New York, 1948) and the 'Fifth Piano Concerto' (Schonenberg-Pratteln, Switzerland 1958). As with his complete solo piano music, also available on Naxos, Martinu's immediately recognizable style here combines shimmering virtuosity and impressionistic effects, motoric rhythms and pristine harmonies.

"This should be a series to enjoy. Giorgio Koukl here embarks on a complete survey of the Martinu piano concertos, having previously recorded the solo piano works. This first entry is hugely enjoyable. As our critic Guy Rickards points out, Koukl points up the occasional echoes of Brahms or Mozart - fascinating for a composer often inhabiting his own unique sound-world." - Gramophone, Editor's Choice

"No 3, with its occasional flashes of Brahmsian or even late-Mozartian sonorities, has never sounded lighter or more vivacious than here. In the Fifth, which has often sounded mechanical in previous recordings, the music leaps off the page. Koukl receives splendid support from the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra of Zlín under Arthur Fagen and Naxos's sound is first rate, clear and bright with the right balance between soloist and orchestra. Warmly recommended." -Gramophone Magazine

"Giorgio Koukl understands the ebb and flow of these volatile works well and is certainly up to their technical demands. His strong sense of line is particularly impressive in the faster movements." -BBC Music Magazine ****

"an auspicious debut [and] extremely well played" International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: House Of Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic (10/10/2008-10/12/2008).



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 3, H. 316
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: House Of Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic (10/10/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 5 ("Fantasia concertante"), H. 366
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: House Of Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic (10/10/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concertino for piano & orchestra, H. 269
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: House Of Arts, Zlin, Czech Republic (10/10/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 06/1938