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MARTINU, B.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 4 (Koukl)

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Koukl, Giorgio, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570215
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although they number approximately eighty out of a total of over four hundred works, Martinů’s compositions for solo piano have long been overshadowed by his orchestral and chamber music. This fourth and final release in the Naxos complete Martinů piano music edition features less frequently heard repertoire, including a number of previously unrecorded works.


Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,January 2008

The fourth and final instalment in the budget label's survey of the piano works of Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) includes 11 that have never before been recorded. Expat Czech pianist Giorgio Koukl offers up sleek renditions of everything from folk dances to variations on La Marseillaise to the cute Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night. A treat.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

The story of the boy born in December 1890 who lived in the church tower from where his father could see the whole village as watchman, has oft been told as an explanation for Bohuslav Martinu's difficult personality in his younger years. Gifted as a violinist after having practiced so many hours cut-off from other children, he gave his first recital to an astonished local audience at the age of fifteen. Sent to the Prague Conservatory where he studied violin and composition, his dislike of formal teaching found him expelled. From there he joined the Czech Phiharmonic Orchestra and realised the mass of compositions he had already written was worthless. Again trying to study, this time with Suk, he found it impossible and left for Paris in 1923. There he lived in abject poverty but



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