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Martinu: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4

Audio Samples

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Incantation"), H. 358
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, H. 149
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 2, H. 237

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Incantation"), H. 358
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, H. 149
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 2, H. 237
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Notes & Reviews:

The music of Bohuslav Martinu, whose complete solo piano works have also been recorded by Giorgio Koukl for Naxos, can ring like bells, shimmer like a mirage or pulse with sheer rhythmic vitality as is the case with these three piano concertos, where high drama, brilliant tunes, captivating colouristic effects and tongue-in-cheek frivolity all find their place. Volume 1 - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 (8.572206) has been acclaimed for its 'Buoyant and exuberant performances' (Gramophone Editor's Choice) and as 'an auspicious debut [and] extremely well played' (International Record Review).

"Prague-born, Lugano-based pianist Giorgio Koukl plays with a real sense for Martinu's individual style, deftly catching his quirkiness and bounce, his irrepressible joy and buoyant energy... the Bohuslav Martinü Philharmonic Orchestra plays as if the spirit of the composer hovered above. The Naxos sonics are vivid and powerful. Highly recommended." -Classical.net

"clarity and precision of touch is evident in [Koukl's] playing throughout, allied to a natural musicality and a positive sense of structure shared by conductor Arthur Fagen, who supports in exemplary fashion...Koukl highlights the music's mercurial changes of atmosphere and elliptical construction with consummate skill and is warmly recorded." -Gramophone Magazine

Fanfare
Once again, there is much to enjoy on this new Naxos recording. Certainly if you acquired the first volume, you'll want this one. And though I may have expressed a slight preference for one or another version of these works, Koukl and Fagen do not disappoint. Fine performances and a well-engineered recording make for a positive recommendation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The House Of Arts Zlin (05/28/2009-05/31/2009).



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Incantation"), H. 358
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: The House Of Arts Zlin (05/28/2009-05/31/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D major, H. 149
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: The House Of Arts Zlin (05/28/2009-05/31/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 08/1925-10/1925

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for Piano no 2, H. 237
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Conductor: Arthur Fagen
  • Notes: The House Of Arts Zlin (05/28/2009-05/31/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1934-10/1934