Martinu: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is the fourth and final volume in Koukl's survey of Martinu's 400 works for piano, and it contains the least well-known of his works for the instrument. But Koukl shows no sign of boredom with Martinu's lesser achievements; in fact, he is deeply invested in them all. From the bright and bouncy "Seven Czech Dances" that open the disc through the solemn "Adagio In memoriam" and the spooky "Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night" to the gruff "Prelude" that closes it, Koukl enjoys the thrill of discovery. Communicated here with virtuosity and consummate artistry, this disc is not for the Martinu neophyte, but listeners who already know his symphonies, ballets, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This is the fourth and final volume in Koukl's survey of Martinu's 400 works for piano, and it contains the least well-known of his works for the instrument. But Koukl shows no sign of boredom with Martinu's lesser achievements; in fact, he is deeply invested in them all. From the bright and bouncy "Seven Czech Dances" that open the disc through the solemn "Adagio In memoriam" and the spooky "Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night" to the gruff "Prelude" that closes it, Koukl enjoys the thrill of discovery. Communicated here with virtuosity and consummate artistry, this disc is not for the Martinu neophyte, but listeners who already know his symphonies, ballets, and concertos will surely enjoy all four volumes of his piano music. Naxos' sound is crisp, close, and a bit hard in climaxes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313021574
  • Catalog Number: 8570215
  • Sales rank: 252,900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–7 Borová: Czech Dances (7) for piano, H. 195 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (12:18)
  2. 8–13 Les Ritournelles, pieces (6) for piano, H. 227 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (9:55)
  3. 9 Pièce for piano, H. 222 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:04)
  4. 10 Improvisation for piano, H. 333 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (0:43)
  5. 11 Dumka for piano No. 2, H. 250 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:12)
  6. 12 Adagio for piano ("Memories"), H. 362 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:01)
  7. 13 Pro tanec (For Dancing), for piano, H. 158 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (0:54)
  8. 14 Albumleaf (Lístek do pamántniku) for piano, H. 241 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (0:45)
  9. 15 Dumka for piano No. 1, H. 249 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:29)
  10. 16 Bagatelle (Morceau facile) for piano, H. 323 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (0:51)
  11. 17 Rujana (A Sea Fantasy), for piano, H. 100 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (5:20)
  12. 18 Barcarolle for piano, H. 326 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:38)
  13. 19 Dumka for piano No. 3, H. 285bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:25)
  14. 25–28 Movements (4) for piano, H. 170 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (7:16)
  15. 26 Prelude for piano (on the theme of "La Marseillaise"), H. 85 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:39)
  16. 27 Prelude for piano No. 2 in F minor, H. 86 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:45)
  17. 28 Instruktivní duo pro nervózní (Instructive Duo for the Nervous), for piano, H. 145 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (0:45)
  18. 29 Foxtrot narozený "na Ruzku" (Foxtrot Born "At the Corner"), for piano, H. 122 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:06)
  19. 30 Piece for the Little Evas (Skladba pro malé Evy), for piano, H. 242 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:22)
  20. 31 Mazurka for piano, H. 284 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (2:04)
  21. 32 PAR T.S.F. (On Radio Waves), for piano, H. 173bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:02)
  22. 33 Scherzo for piano, H. 138bis - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:54)
  23. 34 Piece without Title for piano, H. 141 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (3:07)
  24. 35 Prélude for piano, H. 140 - Bohuslav Martinu & Giorgio Koukl (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Giorgio Koukl Primary Artist
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