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Martinu: Chamber Music - Oboe Quartet, Viola Sonata, Etc


Release Date: 09/17/1996 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553916   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Kathryn SelbyAlexander IvashkinCharmian GaddJoel Marangella,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Quartet for oboe, violin, cello and piano is a find, a highly attractive piece in the busy yet unfussy neo-classical style that Martinu made so much his own. Its opening theme is quite captivating and has haunted me for some days now, but all three movements have charm. It alone is well worth the modest price of the disc. The other music on this super-bargain CD is hardly less delightful. The Viola Sonata is an eloquent work from the mid-1950s, composed three years after the Rhapsody-Concerto for the same instrument and orchestra. These were vintage years in Martinu’s creativity and it surprises me that more players have not taken it up.

The String Quintet is the earliest work, dating from his Paris years, and shows the
Read more influence of Roussel. Although the first movement is perhaps not top-drawer Martinu, the slow movement is most imaginative. The performances are often touched with distinction and are never less than eminently serviceable. Daniel Adni could perhaps be a little more supple in the Piano Quartet of 1942 though in general he plays with spirit. None of these pieces is listed in the catalogue at any price range with the sole exception of the wartime Piano Quartet, which Domus have recorded (coupled with the Suk Piano Quartet and Dvorak’s Bagatelles). There is plenty of air round the players and the recording is lifelike and well balanced.

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [2/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Kathryn Selby (Piano), Alexander Ivashkin (Cello), Charmian Gadd (Violin),
Joel Marangella (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  James Cook Univ., Townsville, Australia 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Viola and Piano no 1 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Rainer Moog (Viola), Daniel Adni (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  James Cook Univ., Townsville, Australia 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1, H 229 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen (Violin), Daniel Adni (Piano), Rainer Moog (Viola),
Young-Chang Cho (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  James Cook Univ., Townsville, Australia 
Length: 25 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Quintet for Strings, H 164 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Charmian Gadd (Violin), Theodore Kuchar (Viola), Rainer Moog (Viola),
Solomia Soroka (Violin), Young-Chang Cho (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 07/1994 
Venue:  James Cook Univ., Townsville, Australia 
Length: 19 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet No. 1: Poco allegro
Piano Quartet No. 1: Adagio
Piano Quartet No. 1: Allegretto poco moderato-Poco allegro-Allegro-Andante-Allegretto-Allegro
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315: Moderato poco allegro
Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315: Adagio-Andante poco moderato-Poco allegro
Viola Sonata, H. 355: Poco andante-Moderato-Tempo I-Poco meno
Viola Sonata, H. 355: Allegro non troppo-Poco meno-Allegro-Poco meno-Poco piu meno-Moderato-Poco vivo-Tempo I-Poco meno
String Quintet, H. 164: Allegro con brio
String Quintet, H. 164: Largo
String Quintet, H. 164: Allegretto

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