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Ian Hobson|Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia

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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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The Shadow, H. 102 (Bohuslav Martinů)

1
Introduction
Sinfonia Varsovia
00:01:26

Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

2
The Girl Appears
Dorota Szczepańska
00:03:16

Dorota Szczepańska, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

3
Girl's Dance
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:08:58

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

4
Lento
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz
00:03:55

Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

5
Allegretto
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz
00:01:44

Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

6
Moderato
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz
00:04:53

Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

7
Ball Game
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:01:45

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

8
The Ball Falls
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:00:17

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

9
The Shadow Rises
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:05:33

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

10
Comodo
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:05:05

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

11
Tempo di menuetto
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:03:16

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

12
Trio
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz
00:05:47

Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

13
Vivace
Sinfonia Varsovia
00:01:27

Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

14
Allegro
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:03:48

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

15
Allegro vivace
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:03:23

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

16
3 Dark Figures
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:00:51

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

17
The Dancing Continues
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz
00:06:59

Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

18
The Girl Collapses Exhausted
Agnieszka Kopacka
00:01:35

Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

19
The Song Is Heard Again from Afar
Dorota Szczepańska
00:02:29

Dorota Szczepańska, Performer - Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Performer - Agnieszka Kopacka, Performer - Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra - Ian Hobson, Conductor - Anonymous, Lyricist - Bohuslav Martinu, Composer

(C) 2016 Toccata Classics (P) 2016 Toccata Classics

Album Description

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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