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Bohuslav Martinu: Early Orchestral Works - Nocturne; Village Feast; Little Dance Suite; Movement for Orchestra, H90 et al.

Audio Samples

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Prelude in the Form of a Scherzo, for orchestra (after Prelude for piano, H. 181/2), H. 181a
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Composition for large orchestra, H. 90 (incomplete)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Posviceni (Church Festival), for flute & strings, H. 2
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nocturne for orchestra no 1 in F sharp minor, H. 91
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Mala tanecni suita (Little Dance Suite) for orchestra, H. 123

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Prelude in the Form of a Scherzo, for orchestra (after Prelude for piano, H. 181/2), H. 181a
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Composition for large orchestra, H. 90 (incomplete)
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Posviceni (Church Festival), for flute & strings, H. 2
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nocturne for orchestra no 1 in F sharp minor, H. 91
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Mala tanecni suita (Little Dance Suite) for orchestra, H. 123
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Martinu's mature orchestral works are now a mainstay in classical repertoire. But, the orchestral music he wrote between his late teens and early thirties is as good as unknown. This series of CDs opens that treasure trove, revealing Martinu on the path to mastery.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The first installment of a project to record Martinu's orchestral music, this album concentrates on the earlier works. Even these pieces have the qualities of his mature work: tuneful, colorfully scored, and generally enjoyable. The Orchestral Movement (1914) begins with an English horn solo over a descending whole-tone figure. Debussy's influence is heavy. At 5:24, a full-bodied string theme emerges to give the work some spine. The Nocturne (1915) in F-sharp minor opens with an eloquent viola solo in the instrument's lowest register, leading to a more powerful midsection. The ending, sustaining a G-sharp against the home tonality. Performances and conducting are able, with evident sympathy for the music. The notes mention a pair of early Martinu tone poems, The Death of Tintagiles, and Toilers of the Sea, which I hope will be included in a future installment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012).



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Prelude in the Form of a Scherzo, for orchestra (after Prelude for piano, H. 181/2), H. 181a
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Composition for large orchestra, H. 90 (incomplete)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Posvícení (Church Festival), for flute & strings, H. 2
  • Performer: Andrzej Krzyzanowski (Flute)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Nocturne for orchestra no 1 in F sharp minor, H. 91
  • Performers: Jakub Haufa (Violin); Artur Paciorkiewicz (Viola)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Malá tanecní suita (Little Dance Suite) for orchestra, H. 123
  • Performer: Jakub Haufa (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Polish Radio, Warsaw (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/26/1919