Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Volume 1
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Bohuslav Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0156
EAN: 5060113441560
Release Date: 1 April 2013
Duration: 67:37

Prélude en forme de scherzo, H181a
Orchestral movement, H90
Posvícení (‘Village Feast’), H2
Nocturno 1, H91
Little Dance Suite, H123

Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
Adam Szlęzak, cor anglais
Andrzej Krzyżanowski, flute
Jakub Haufa, violin
Artur Paciorkiewicz, viola

Martinů’s mature orchestral works are now a mainstay of the repertoire. But the generous quantity of 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 Martinů on the path to mastery. It presents first recordings of some astonishingly attractive music, much of it showing the good-natured influence of Czech folk traditions, some of it evocative and atmospheric – and almost all of it irresistibly charming.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 67:37
1 Prélude en forme de scherzo, H181a (1929, orch. 1930)

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor

(first recording)
1:30 play
2 Orchestral movement, H90 (1913–14)

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor

(first recording)
8:31 play
3 Posvícení (‘Village Feast’), H2 (1907)

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
Andrzej Krzyżanowski, flute

(first recording)
6:18 play
4 Nocturno 1, H91 (1914–15)

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
Jakub Haufa, violin
Artur Paciorkiewicz, viola

(first recording)
8:28 play
5-8 Little Dance Suite, H123 (1919)

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
Adam Szlęzak, cor anglais
Andrzej Krzyżanowski, flute
Jakub Haufa, violin

(first recording)
42:50
5 I Tempo di valse 12:50 play
6 II Moderato: Píseň (‘Song’) 9:15 play
7 III Scherzo 13:06 play
8 IV Allegro à la polka 7:39 play

Artists

Bohuslav Martinů in the Paris studio of Jan Zrzavý, 1924

Bohuslav Martinů, composer
[credit: Jaromir Cihar]

Sinfonia Varsovia

Sinfonia Varsovia, orchestra
[credit: Janusz Marynowski]

Ian Hobson

Ian Hobson, conductor

Adam Szlęzak, cor anglais

Andrzej Krzyżanowski

Andrzej Krzyżanowski, flute
[credit: Andrzej-Świetlik]

Jakub Haufa

Jakub Haufa, violin
[credit: Andrzej-Świetlik]

Artur Paciorkiewicz

Artur Paciorkiewicz, viola
[credit: Andrzej-Świetlik]

Reviews

Fascinating disc

With still much to discover in Martinů’s output, this engaging disc does much to fill in some gaps. In the brief Pièce en forme de scherzo (1929, orch ‘30) the familiar voice is consistently present; otherwise only in the Little Dance Suite (1919, and anything but little!) do we hear flashes of the composer to come.

Village Feast (1907) is Martinů’s first known orchestral work, a charming but naive tone poem. The untitled Orchestral Movement (1914) and Nocturno I (1915) are more impressive essays in impressionism. Ian Hobson proves a wholly sympathetic interpreter, securing fine, idiomatic performances throughout from Sinfonia Varsovia, in excellent sound. It may not be Martinů as we know it, but this is a hugely enjoyable, fascinating disc.

Guy Rickards Klassisk Musikkmagasin 2014

Comments

2 comments – add a comment

This is a beautiful recording and hope this is the first of many to come. Martinu's early output isn't represented well on CD. I'd be forever in love with Toccata if they recorded Martinu's complete ballet Istar. Pretty please :)

Michael Collins email 17 October 2014

Many congratulations to Martin Anderson, Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia and Michael Crump in producing such a wonderful disc! I have been wanting to hear what these early orchestral works sounded like since I started my serious research into Martinu's music more than 25 years ago; now I know. What magical and colourful sounds he produces with such inventive orchestration; clearly a master of the orchestra by his early twenties! I have played the disc several times already in the last few days and am totally hooked!! I eagerly await further volumes in the series. Martinu fans need not hesitate others new to the composer should sample immediately as there are many delights within!

Andrew Knowles email 29 April 2013