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Martinu: Complete Symphonies / Thomson, Royal Scottish No


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10316   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 discs for the price of 2!


At one point Chandos had two, count 'em, two Martinu cycles going on at once: Belohlávek's with the Czech Philharmonic, and this one. It seemed symptomatic of a certain lack of direction that has turned out to be prophetic, as the label has gone from one of the most exciting and interesting imprints in classical music to a bloated, drifting mess. Be that as it may, the winner in the Martinu duel was not the team that you might have expected, as Bryden Thomson left us the finest complete symphony cycle currently available, and Belohlávek's, while good, hasn't the same drive and dynamism, and in any case was never completed. That
Read more makes this reissue extremely welcome. Aside from a missing cymbal crash in the last bar of the First Symphony, and Thomson's controversially swift tempo in the slow movement of the Third, these performances sweep the field in terms of fine engineering, textural transparency, luminous color, rhythmic élan, and that singular balance between Romantic opulence and classical restraint that is so much a characteristic of Martinu's mature style. You simply can't do better, at any price. [10/13/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee 
Length: 34 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 26 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 32 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Caird Hall, Dundee 
Length: 29 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 6 "Fantaisies symphoniques" by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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