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Great Czech Conductors: Martin Turnovsky - Works by Martinu, Ibert, Hindemith, Myslivecek, Bizet

Audio Samples

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Symphony no 4
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concertino for cello, wind & brass ensemble, percussion & piano in C minor, H. 143
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Concerto for cello & 10 wind instruments
>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ricercari (3) for orchestra, H. 267
>Myslivecek, Josef : Sinfonia in D major, Op. 1/6
>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22
>     1. March. Trompette et tambour
>     2. Berceuse. La poupée
>     3. Impromptu. La toupie
>     4. Duo. Petit mari, petite femme
>     5. Galop. Le bal
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Symphony no 4
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concertino for cello, wind & brass ensemble, percussion & piano in C minor, H. 143
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Concerto for cello & 10 wind instruments
>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ricercari (3) for orchestra, H. 267
>Myslivecek, Josef : Sinfonia in D major, Op. 1/6
>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Paradoxically, a greater opportunity to witness the artistry of the remarkable Czech conductor Martin Turnovsky, whose teachers included Karel Ancerl and George Szell, has been afforded to audiences abroad. After winning the international conducting competition in Besançon (1958), he had to wait almost a decade for the real launch of his international career, since the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia prevented him from travelling around the world. He was chief conductor of the Dresdner Staatskapelle and Staatsoper, and, after emigrating to the West at the end of the 1960s, led the Operas in Oslo and Bonn, guest-conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and other major orchestras. Only after the regime change in Czechoslovakia in 1989 could he renew his work with orchestras on home soil. In the 1960s he made numerous recordings for Supraphon. The majority of those presented on these discs are now available on CD for the first time. They bear witness to Turnovsky's distinct talent, which several years later would dazzle to the full in front of the world's most renowned orchestras. A Czech conductor who excelled worldwide. Martin Turnovsky recordings for the first time on CD.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Martinu's Tre Ricercari are scored for chamber orchestra with a substantial piano part. I is upbeat and urgent; II seems to smile at everything around it. Josef Myslivecek's Sinfonia in D is a tuneful classical-period piece, recorded monaurally in 1955 (all the others are in stereo from the 1960s). The first movement could easily hold its own in Haydn's presence; II is a Mozartean slow movement, III a short, cheery dance. Bizet's Jeux d'Enfants is precise and spunky (again, the horns are acting up). Turnovsky has an impressive ability to keep the music moving with purpose, and it really shows here, as in the Martinu symphony. The sound in both pieces is exceptional as well - these recordings are gems.



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Symphony no 4
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/01/1945-06/14/1945.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concertino for cello, wind & brass ensemble, percussion & piano in C minor, H. 143
  • Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Ensemble: Chamber Harmony
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 12/15/1924

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Concerto for cello & 10 wind instruments
  • Performer: André Navarra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Ensemble: Chamber Harmony
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Hindemith, Paul : Trauermusik for Viola and Strings
  • Performer: Ladislav Cerny (Viola)
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Ricercari (3) for orchestra, H. 267
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/1938-02/1938

>Myslivecek, Josef : Sinfonia in D major, Op. 1/6
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22 :: 1. March. Trompette et tambour
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22 :: 2. Berceuse. La poupée
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22 :: 3. Impromptu. La toupie
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22 :: 4. Duo. Petit mari, petite femme
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Bizet, Georges : Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games), Op. 22 :: 5. Galop. Le bal
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Ilja Hurnik (Piano); Pavel Stepan (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Performer: Ladislav Jásek (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martin Turnovsky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935