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MARTINU, B.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 5 (Koukl)

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Koukl, Giorgio, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572175
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Giorgio Koukl’s survey of Martinů’s complete piano music has been praised as “a delight” (Gramophone) and “estimable and important” (MusicWeb International). Since the release of Volume 4 (Naxos 8.570215), which was originally intended to be the final disc of this series, several manuscripts of previously unperformed, unknown or lost works have been discovered. For this recording of the unpublished Polkas and Waltzes (the latter are Martinů’s very first music for piano), Prague born and educated Giorgio Koukl has used manuscript sources, gaining unique insights into this often folk inflected, immediately appealing and emotionally rewarding music.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

Naxos thought that their fourth volume of Bohuslav Martinů’s piano music had completed the series until several previously unperformed manuscripts were discovered, this disc being the first of three world premiere recordings. The Five Waltzes, which date from 1910, is the earliest and was written when the composer was twenty and almost self-taught. That might explain the unique sounds, though there are instances of his musical world in his much later works following formal study. The other curious aspect is the feel that he had been influenced by others composers, yet there is no evidence he had come into contact with their works. As a young man he had been a loner living with his family high in a church tower 193 steps above the street. He was

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