Martinu: Piano Works

Martinu: Piano Works

by Erik Entwistle


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Largely unrecorded and seldom performed, despite their obvious appeal and accessibility, the piano pieces of Bohuslav Martinu have at last found a champion in pianist Erik Entwistle. This noted proponent of Czech music has delved into Martinu's cache of album leaves, short character studies, and quick sketches, and found sufficient value and charm in them to produce a comprehensive CD -- one that lasts for nearly 80 minutes. Yet these miniatures are too similar in their light tone, salon prettiness, and peppy tunefulness, and lose much of their allure when presented together. The more substantial and interesting works, such as the dance parodies in "Esquisses (3)," the pensive movements of "Fenêtre sur le jardin," and the comparatively expansive and almost fully developed "Sonata No. 1," are practically overwhelmed by the steady flow of Martinu's slighter occasional pieces and tossed-off squibs. A little more selectivity and the inclusion of more significant works would have balanced the program more effectively, and Entwistle's enthusiasm for the music -- apparent in every piece -- would not be called into question because of his lack of discrimination. Even so, his performances are attractive and expressive, and if the disc is heard in small samples, it is less likely to induce aural fatigue. Summit's sound quality is fine.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402407920
catalogNumber: 407
Rank: 149050


  1. Le Noël, pieces (3) for piano, H. 167
  2. Esquisses (3) on Modern Dances for piano, H. 160
  3. Movements (4) for piano, H. 170
  4. Avec un Doigt (With One Finger), for piano, 3 hands, H. 185
  5. Children's Pieces (Detské Skladby) (4) for piano, H. 221
  6. Albumleaf (Lístek do pamántniku) for piano, H. 241
  7. Dumka for piano No. 1, H. 249
  8. Dumka for piano No. 2, H. 250
  9. Julietta (The Key to Dreams), opera, H. 253: Act 2, Scene 3
  10. Window onto the Garden, for piano, H. 270
  11. Mazurka for piano, H. 284
  12. Dumka for piano No. 3, H. 285bis
  13. Merry Christmas 1941, for piano
  14. The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon, for piano, H. 318
  15. Les Bouquinistes du quai Malaquais for piano, H. 319
  16. Barcarolle for piano, H. 326
  17. Improvisation for piano, H. 333
  18. Piano Sonata, H. 350
  19. Adagio for piano ("Memories"), H. 362

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