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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2007, 04:07:32 AM »
Wouldn't be surprised if these turned up cheap on Brilliant soon. The Glazunov symphonies (Polyansky) are just announced. Any views on that, compared to (the also relatively cheap) BIS Glazunov cycle?

The Martinu Symphonies turned up allright on budget price with Chandos it self. ;D
The Glazunov's  released by Brilliant I have allready, and I can tell you, its not my cup of tea.
Also am in the process of playing the BIS cycle and think it better, mind you I still prefer the Orfeo set with Jarvi.
The Naxos cycle is a non starter for me.

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« Reply #61 on: October 16, 2007, 05:05:28 AM »
The Martinu Symphonies turned up allright on budget price with Chandos it self. ;D
The Glazunov's  released by Brilliant I have allready, and I can tell you, its not my cup of tea.
Also am in the process of playing the BIS cycle and think it better, mind you I still prefer the Orfeo set with Jarvi.
The Naxos cycle is a non starter for me.
Thanks, useful reply.

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #62 on: January 04, 2008, 03:02:07 AM »
I think about getting a set of Martinu's symphonies, and I'm wondering if I should go for Neumann or Thomson. The question is basically if the Royal Scottish National Orchestra can compete with the glorious Czech PO in this music? I already have some individual recordings (Ancerl, Sejna, Turnovsky). 

 
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #63 on: March 30, 2008, 01:45:13 PM »
Just added a great new Martinu CD to my collection: Symphony No 4, Estampes and Le Depart (Walter Weller, National Orchestra of Belgium) on the Fuga Libera label. The performance of Symphony No 4 is terrific with an especially overpowering slow movement.  The other pieces are very fine too. Strongly recommended.
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #64 on: March 31, 2008, 04:17:56 AM »
The question is basically if the Royal Scottish National Orchestra can compete with the glorious Czech PO in this music? I already have some individual recordings (Ancerl, Sejna, Turnovsky).

Bryden Thomsom and the RSNO are a formiddable force.  I may get this myself.
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #65 on: October 02, 2008, 05:27:31 AM »
Trawling through the JPC/CPO German site for future releases I came across an exciting new Martinu release from Supraphon(due later this month). It is of the 1918 Czech Rhapsody for baritone, chorus and organ, 'Magic Nights'-three songs to Chinese texts for soprano and orchestra, and 'Nipponari'-seven songs for soprano and small orchestra.

These are all early Martinu compositions: 1912-18, but it should be fascinating to hear what Martinu's music sounded like before he travelled to Paris in the twenties.

http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/hnum/8584727?rk=classic&rsk=preview&page=17

Good news for Martinu fans :) :)

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #66 on: October 02, 2008, 03:44:41 PM »
Trawling through the JPC/CPO German site for future releases I came across an exciting new Martinu release from Supraphon(due later this month). It is of the 1918 Czech Rhapsody for baritone, chorus and organ, 'Magic Nights'-three songs to Chinese texts for soprano and orchestra, and 'Nipponari'-seven songs for soprano and small orchestra.

These are all early Martinu compositions: 1912-18, but it should be fascinating to hear what Martinu's music sounded like before he travelled to Paris in the twenties.

http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/hnum/8584727?rk=classic&rsk=preview&page=17

Good news for Martinu fans :) :)

Oh, it's down here too! :) As I said on the WAYLT thread...well, here's what I said snipped from that thread:

Thanks for posting this. Looks very interesting indeed.

Belohlavek is wonderful in Martinu and Dagmar Peckova is a fabulous mezzo that doesn't get the attention she deserves. Hers is the type of voice that can cure the common allergy to vocal recitals.


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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #67 on: October 02, 2008, 03:47:56 PM »
I did apologise for cross-posting ;D

It was simply that I feared less some of those members who had talked recently about listening to and enjoying Martinu might miss this thread :)
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #68 on: October 02, 2008, 03:55:33 PM »
Hey, any reason is a good reason for a twin posting of Martinu!



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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #69 on: October 03, 2008, 04:52:30 AM »
How is this recording?



Its only $12 at Amazon right now.
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« Reply #70 on: October 03, 2008, 05:08:25 AM »
I haven't heard it, but I read the reactions of a few people who have, on a list I belong to. The overall response was tepid. Still, for that price it won't hurt very much  :)
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #71 on: October 03, 2008, 05:13:20 AM »
Don't know :(

Sure that I read a review somewhere not that long ago but I've searched back through the last year and a half of Gramophone and International Record Reviews and can't find it :(

You could-almost certainly-do better though with Bryden Thomson(on Chandos) or Vaclav Neumann(Supraphon) or Neeme Jarvi(BIS). Belohlavek has recorded some but not all for Chandos as well. If you want a Czech orchestra then the Neumann set is as good as any.

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« Reply #72 on: October 03, 2008, 08:27:42 AM »
Don't know :(

Sure that I read a review somewhere not that long ago but I've searched back through the last year and a half of Gramophone and International Record Reviews and can't find it :(

You could-almost certainly-do better though with Bryden Thomson(on Chandos) or Vaclav Neumann(Supraphon) or Neeme Jarvi(BIS). Belohlavek has recorded some but not all for Chandos as well. If you want a Czech orchestra then the Neumann set is as good as any.

I already have Thomson; I was just wondering how these stack up.  I remember getting Thomson for almost the same price.  Thanks for the info guys.
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« Reply #73 on: October 03, 2008, 09:40:55 AM »
I already have Thomson; I was just wondering how these stack up.  I remember getting Thomson for almost the same price.  Thanks for the info guys.
I strongly prefer Neumann over Thomson: I found his performances more lively rhythmically and much more distinctively phrased, with some lovely wind playing. I also like Ancerl in 5 and 6, and Belohlavek in 3 and 4.
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #74 on: October 03, 2008, 09:57:33 AM »
How is this recording?



Its only $12 at Amazon right now.

Too many people must have been interested, because now the price is $37.

From Amazon.        Price:   $11.98 + $25.00 sourcing fee & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime

Ok, I'm not interested anymore, when I can get all three Neumann discs for the same price.
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« Reply #75 on: October 03, 2008, 04:42:04 PM »
I strongly prefer Neumann over Thomson: I found his performances more lively rhythmically and much more distinctively phrased, with some lovely wind playing. I also like Ancerl in 5 and 6, and Belohlavek in 3 and 4.

Yes, Neumann is another strong Martinu advocate, in the symphonies and overall.



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« Reply #76 on: October 03, 2008, 10:24:34 PM »
Ok, I'm not interested anymore, when I can get all three Neumann discs for the same price.

If all you have is Thomson, then I think the most important thing, if you're fishing for alternatives, is to get the symphonies played by the Czech Philharmonic. You can't go wrong with that orchestra conducted by either Ancerl, Neumann, or Belohlavek.
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #77 on: December 04, 2008, 08:52:37 AM »
Write up in the 'What Are You Listening To?" thread.

The Czech Rhapsody is bombastic, patriotic, nonsense which sometimes feels as if is going to come completely unstuck at times....but it IS great fun ;D ;D
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« Reply #78 on: December 04, 2008, 10:41:07 AM »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #79 on: December 04, 2008, 12:00:50 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up!