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Martinu: Double Concertos for Violin & Piano / Kodama, Nemtanu


Release Date: 06/01/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186658  
Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Deborah NemtanuSarah NemtanuMagali DemesseMari Kodama,   ... 
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bohuslav Martinu’s distinctive musical voice, which infuses the great Czech tradition with modern idioms, is showcased in this captivating survey of his concertante works, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille conducted by Lawrence Foster. The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is a lively and rhythmic tour de force. Breezily energetic and relentless, it is full of jazzy inflections and high-speed fireworks, pausing only in the tranquility of the slow movement for moments of serene calm. By contrast, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra is a warm, lyrical work in the Romantic tradition. With its intricate and interweaving solo lines, expansive melodies and dance-like syncopations it’s an engaging work of Read more considerable charm, which deserves a wider audience. The Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra is a dreamily nostalgic work whose simple melodies, radiant lyricism and soaring viola line make it one of the 20th century’s most performed viola concertos. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Deborah Nemtanu (Violin), Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Czech Republic 
2.
Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, H 337 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Magali Demesse (Viola)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952 
3.
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Mari Kodama (Piano), Momo Kodama (Piano)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 

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