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MARTINU, B.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 3 (Koukl)

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Koukl, Giorgio, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557919
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


This third release in the Naxos complete Martinů solo piano music series represents the most mature style of his work. It begins with Martinů’s two masterworks for the genre: the Fantaisie et toccata, written as he made his escape from Paris in 1940, and the solitary Sonata, his largest and last major work for solo piano. The three sets of Etudes and Polkas were composed while Martinů was living at Cape Cod. Although they hark back to Smetana, Dvořák, and Czech folk roots, they also bear the individual, distinctive voice of a mature Martinů, filled with both a post-War optimism and a longing for a native land to which he would never return. Volumes 1 and 2 of this series are available on Naxos 8.557914 and 8.557918.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2007

In the third volume of the complete solo piano output of Bohuslav Martinu we have reached his major works in this genre, the Fantaisie et Toccata and the Sonata forming two towering masterworks of the 20th century. From his maturity and with Martinu's fingerprints all over them, they are more substantial than much that he wrote for the keyboard. As a young man he was a loner living with his family high in a church tower 193 steps above the street. It was to affect his nature such that he was unable to accept formal education, but had somehow taught himself to play the violin to a standard that found him earning a living as a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He had also been composing music which he now realised was worthless, and decided to go to try once again to seek

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