Author Topic: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)  (Read 138626 times)

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1180 on: October 31, 2019, 05:57:40 AM »
I've ordered the Brilliant Classics box.

Very nice. I bought the individual releases (many years ago), because I loved the Martinů doodles on each of the album covers.
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« Reply #1181 on: November 02, 2019, 10:44:12 AM »
The symphonies arrived this morning. Listened to a few of them already (am in the middle of No. 2 as I write), and they're very enjoyable. Hard to have a full grip on them just after one hearing, but the sound world is lovely. The beginning of No. 1, the B minor chord, transitioning through a rising pattern on woodwinds and all to a B major, is magical.

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1182 on: November 02, 2019, 06:34:11 PM »
The symphonies arrived this morning. Listened to a few of them already (am in the middle of No. 2 as I write), and they're very enjoyable. Hard to have a full grip on them just after one hearing, but the sound world is lovely. The beginning of No. 1, the B minor chord, transitioning through a rising pattern on woodwinds and all to a B major, is magical.

Great stuff! Will be curious to know your thoughts as you progress through the cycle.
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« Reply #1183 on: November 05, 2019, 06:45:47 AM »
Speaking of ballets, it’d be nice if Supraphon would issue this recording on CD:



If everyone keeps fingers crossed, we might not have to depend on Supraphon.  Toccata Classics' series of Early Martinu Orchestral Works has always had the intention of recording the complete ballet.  At the moment, there are no recording sessions scheduled, but the publisher Schott last year acquired all of the performing materials.  If the parts are adequate, then only funding and logistics stand in the way.  They can prove to be mighty obstacles, so I ask for patience and will keep you informed if the plans advance any further.

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1184 on: November 05, 2019, 07:15:39 AM »
If everyone keeps fingers crossed, we might not have to depend on Supraphon.  Toccata Classics' series of Early Martinu Orchestral Works has always had the intention of recording the complete ballet.  At the moment, there are no recording sessions scheduled, but the publisher Schott last year acquired all of the performing materials.  If the parts are adequate, then only funding and logistics stand in the way.  They can prove to be mighty obstacles, so I ask for patience and will keep you informed if the plans advance any further.

Great to read, Michael! Thanks for the information. 8)
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1185 on: November 12, 2019, 02:58:11 PM »
Here's a fine live version of Martinů's Double Concerto with the Radom Chamber Orchestra and Beethoven Academy Orchestra, conducted by Maciej Zoltowski in 2012. The young players are outstanding, and Zoltowski is new to me as well.

https://youtu.be/4BLJxJG1kQo

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« Reply #1186 on: December 22, 2019, 01:42:05 PM »


Yet another occasion when I say: Why did I wait so long to hear this music? Or in this case, why did I wait so long to hear the whole program of this super magnificent disc?? Better late than never, I was glad it was so!  ;D

When I hear this I realize and confirm that Martinu was an innate composer, one of the highest musical skills. The disc presents 3 early works in a late-Romantic/Impressionistic style (which also implies top-notch orchestration) with some apparent traces of Respighi that simply leave a quite strong impression. These pieces are full of poetry, atmosphere, suspense, striking effects. The Sinfonia Varsovia play them impeccably. There is no waste at all. Ravishing music.

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« Reply #1187 on: December 22, 2019, 05:26:47 PM »


Yet another occasion when I say: Why did I wait so long to hear this music? Or in this case, why did I wait so long to hear the whole program of this super magnificent disc?? Better late than never, I was glad it was so!  ;D

When I hear this I realize and confirm that Martinu was an innate composer, one of the highest musical skills. The disc presents 3 early works in a late-Romantic/Impressionistic style (which also implies top-notch orchestration) with some apparent traces of Respighi that simply leave a quite strong impression. These pieces are full of poetry, atmosphere, suspense, striking effects. The Sinfonia Varsovia play them impeccably. There is no waste at all. Ravishing music.

This is an excellent release!  I fully agree with you.

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« Reply #1188 on: December 23, 2019, 10:59:25 AM »
This is an excellent release!  I fully agree with you.

+1 Vanishing Midnight is a strikingly atmospheric work with a suitably shadowy and threatening - even scary - third movement.
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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1189 on: April 01, 2020, 06:49:00 AM »
A rare performance of Intermezzo (1950) by conductor Christopher Russell and the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 2015.

https://youtu.be/zLzMdZA3ETE

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Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
« Reply #1190 on: April 01, 2020, 07:03:28 AM »
A rare performance of Intermezzo (1950) by conductor Christopher Russell and the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 2015.

https://youtu.be/zLzMdZA3ETE

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Oh, nice. I think the only recording I know of this is the Louisville Symphony one, which is definitely showing its age.
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