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MARTINU: Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Cerna, Olga, mezzo-soprano • Cechova, Jitka, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalOperaVocal
Catalogue 8.557494
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Although Martinů is known for a number of significant choral works, including his oratorio The Epic of Gilgamesh [Naxos 8.555138], relatively little attention is given to his vocal music. Songs with piano, many of them still unpublished or only made available in print recently, make up a fair proportion of his output. This disc features a selection of songs written during the 1930s and early 1940s, a period in which Martinů moved away from French influences towards a musical language rooted in folklore from his native Bohemia and other areas of Central Europe. Several of the songs on this disc are world première recordings.


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,December 2005



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