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Martinu: Madrigals / Vasilek, Martinu Voices


Release Date: 01/19/2018 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4237  
Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



“You know I am not a ‘chorus’ composer … although I may have made a few good choral pieces, I always somewhat hesitate whether I should plunge into them.” Notwithstanding his humility, Bohuslav Martinu truly loved choral singing. When composing, he mainly drew inspiration from traditional music. He kept returning to the texts from František Sušil’s collection of Moravian folk songs, a copy of which he always kept with him during his travels. In addition to their rhythmicity and modality, he was fascinated by the archetypal themes they treated, their grace and conciseness, as well as the directness, devoid of “metaphysics and pathos”, and, above all, the subject of love in
Read more a variety of forms – happy and ill-fated, unrequited, betrayed… The present recording features the complete choral works Martinu intended (according to a number of sources) for chamber formations. Even though created over a great time span, between 1934 and 1959 (the composer only completed the Madrigals shortly before his death), all the pieces attest to the genius and sensitivity with which Martinu was able to handle the folk texts and furnish them with a new musical form – simple, spirited and majestic alike. Lukáš Vasilek and Martinu Voices have made the best of the autograph scores, getting as close as possible to the composer’s intentions, in all the articulation and dynamic nuances. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Madrigals (4) by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Spectre's Bride by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paris, France 
3.
Czech Madrigals (8), H 278 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
4.
Sacred Songs (3): no 1, The Nativity by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
5.
Sacred Songs (3): no 2, The Ascension by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
6.
Sacred Songs (3): no 3, The way to paradise by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
7.
Songs (4) of the Virgin, H 235 by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Czech Republic 
8.
Czech Madrigals (5): no 1, A message carried by the dove by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Czech Republic 
9.
Czech Madrigals (5): no 2, This headache of mine by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Czech Republic 
10.
Czech Madrigals (5): no 3, Geese on the water by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Czech Republic 
11.
Czech Madrigals (5): no 4, On the way to my sweetheart by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Czech Republic 
12.
Czech Madrigals (5): no 5, Witchcraft and slander by Bohuslav Martinu
Conductor:  Lukas Vasilek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Martinu Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Czech Republic 

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