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Chamber Music - Released April 5, 2019 | ArcoDiva

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Classical - Released January 1, 1992 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Gramola Records

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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | Toccata Classics

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Nowadays everyone knows (or should know) Martinů’s symphonies, as well as some of his brilliant symphonic poems such as The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca, but most of the orchestral works from his first maturity – recorded here in several volumes – remain largely ignored. With these volumes, you’ll hear how in 1915-1920, Martinů already wrote prime Martinů-esque works, in such a distinctive style – even though the orchestra can be reminiscent of Josef Suk, Debussy and Strauss, or even Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead. In fact, just like Rachmaninoff’s work, the ballad Villa by the Sea (Vol. 3) is clearly evocative of a – very similar – Böcklin painting! Please note this is a discographic first (yes this can still be a thing for Martinů! As unlikely as it sounds), same for the eerie Míjející půlnoc (“Vanishing Midnight”, Vol. 3), a brilliant orchestral feat. The Shadow (Vol. 2), a ballet from 1916, at times features baroque idioms – it is indeed said that Martinů often drew inspiration from his predecessors, always with incredible musical originality. All in all, a must for the fans of a composer who, as it seems, still holds quite a few tricks up his sleeve. © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released July 27, 2010 | Chandos

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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | BIS

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Classical - Released March 9, 2018 | Naxos

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It is shocking to think that some works of Martinů have never been recorded before; but that is indeed the case for some of the pieces in this album, such as the Three Songs after Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire from 1930 – written and sung in Czech. This is the fifth and final volume in an impressive series of recordings, which underlines the amazing (if under-exploited) riches of Martinů's repertoire for voice and piano: around six hours of material in all, a real treasure trove. In this volume, the listener's voyage starts in the 1930s, with relatively light-hearted works from a composer whose only preoccupation was survival in Paris, and continues on to the 1940s, when, fleeing the war, he travelled to Aix-en-Provence and New York. As an amusing aside, Four Songs to Czech Folk Texts of 1940, H. 282bis, are dedicated to the young Edmonde Charles-Roux, the daughter of the then Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All of this superb repertoire is in urgent need of discovery. The Czech mezzo-soprano, Jana Hrochová lends the record her vocal talents. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 30, 2013 | Toccata Classics

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Classical - Released February 23, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released February 5, 2013 | ICA Classics

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Classical - Released October 20, 2017 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released August 24, 2004 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Denon

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Mélodies - Released February 8, 2019 | Supraphon a.s.

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1989 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released April 1, 2011 | Music and Arts Programs of America

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Chamber Music - Released April 24, 2007 | Naxos

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Opera - Released October 19, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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What men live by? described by Martinu as a pastoral-opera was written in 1951-1952 in the United States, to an English libretto by the composer after the short story by Leo Tolstoy "Where Love is, there God is also" (1885), and premiered as a television broadcast in New York in May 1953. The first staged performance took place on July 31, 1954, in Interlochen, Michigan. Today we owe Belohlavek and the Czech Philharmonic orchestra this first discographic recording. Here is the argument: devastated by the pain of the loss of his wife and children, Martin Avdeitch, cobbler by trade, is comforted in the reading of the Bible. During a dream, he sees Jesus who promises him to visit him the next day. While waiting for this meeting, the man helps a poor mother with her child, offers a tea to a soldier, takes the defense of a child whom his grandmother denounces as a thief. In the evening, he hears again the voice of Jesus who says to him: "Did you not recognize me?" « [...] the composer wants more joy than preaching: "you have to sing it like a popular song, without pathos." Jiri Belohlavek does not betray his will. Well helped by Lukas Vasilek's luminous Martinu Voices and a Czech Philharmonic which in the Great Hall of Rudolfinum perfectly adapts to the dimensions of this intimate theater, he paints a lively and superbly imagined miniature. Entirely Czech-speaking, the voices color English with inflections that add to the cachet of this first recording. Nothing to say about the performance of Ivan Kusnjer, always able to find the appropriate expressive register. [...] Belohlavek adorns the Symphony No. 1 (1942) with new finery, after a first engraving under a stormy sky (Chandos) and an English remake full of a luminous interiority (Onyx). [...] » (Diapason, January 2019 / Nicolas Derny). Disappeared in 2017, the Czech conductor will not have had time to record his new version of the Martinu complete symphonies. © Qobuz
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Concertos - Released April 6, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 11, 1990 | Marco-Polo

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