Martinu

Martinu

by Robert Kilinsky
     
 

Vladimir Ashkenazy can conduct anything from Beethoven to Stravinsky, with stops along the way for Brahms, Dvorák, Debussy, and Berg, as well as such relatively unfamiliar composers like Josef Suk<See more details below

Overview

Vladimir Ashkenazy can conduct anything from Beethoven to Stravinsky, with stops along the way for Brahms, Dvorák, Debussy, and Berg, as well as such relatively unfamiliar composers like Josef Suk. Here, Ashkenazy has gathered four infrequently heard works by Bohuslav Martinu -- his orchestral "Overture" from 1934, "Les Fresques de Piera della Francesca" from 1956, and two of his piano concertos, the "Second" from 1934, and "Fourth" from 1956 -- and given each work the deluxe treatment with the aid of the expert Sinfonieorchester Basel. Although Martinu's unique combination of piquant colors, opulent sonorities, lyrical melodies, and vigorous rhythms has defeated many other conductors' interpretive efforts, Ashkenazy does a superlative job of realizing all these elements in exactly the right proportions. Most importantly, he brings Martinu's music to vital life, from the "Overture"'s ebullient excitement to "Les Fresques"' luminous ecstasy. Joined by virtuoso Swiss pianist Robert Kilinsky in the concertos, Ashkenazy has delivered a Martinu recording that every fan of the composer will want to hear again and again, particularly in Ondine's crisp, clean but highly evocative digital sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195115824
catalogNumber:
1158
Rank:
154900

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 4 ("Incantations"), H. 358  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Basel Symphony Orchestra  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Robert Kilinsky
  2. Frescoes of Piero della Francesca, for orchestra, H. 352  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Basel Symphony Orchestra  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Reijo Kiilunen
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2, H. 237  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Basel Symphony Orchestra  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Robert Kilinsky
  4. Overture for orchestra, H. 345  - Bohuslav Martinu  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Basel Symphony Orchestra  - Eduardo Nestor Gomez  - Reijo Kiilunen

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