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MARTINU, B.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 1 (Koukl)


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MARTINU, B.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 1 (Koukl)

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 first release in the Naxos complete Martinů piano music edition features works written mainly during the composer’s residence in Paris between 1920 and 1938, then the focal point for many experimental trends in music. Martinů’s desire to expand his developing compositional style can be heard on this disc in works as diverse as Three Sketches, influenced by American popular dance and jazz idioms, the impressionistic Fenêtre sur le jardin and Dance Sketches, a series of strikingly individual pieces whose rhythms recall Dvořák, Stravinsky, and Martinů’s mentor, Roussel.

Martinů, Bohuslav

  8 Preludes, H. 181
1.   No. 1. Blues 00:03:06
2.   No. 2. Scherzo 00:01:25
3.   No. 3. Andante 00:03:03
4.   No. 4. Danse 00:02:30
5.   No. 5. Capriccio 00:01:48
6.   No. 6. Largo 00:03:07
7.   No. 7. Etude 00:11:12
8.   No. 8. Foxtrot 00:01:28
  Fenetre sur le jardin (Window on the Garden), H. 270
9.   I. Poco andante 00:02:01
10.   II. Allegro moderato 00:02:01
11.   III. Moderato 00:02:28
12.   IV. Allegretto 00:01:32
  Bajky (Fables), H. 138
13.   No. 1. Na farme (On the Farm) 00:01:18
14.   No. 2. Chudak kralicek (The Poor Rabbit) 00:01:27
15.   No. 3. Opicky (The Monkeys) 00:01:07
16.   No. 4. Kuratko (The Chicken) 00:01:41
17.   No. 5. Zly medved (The Angry Bear) 00:01:40
  3 esquisses (3 Sketches), H. 160
18.   No. 1. Tempo di Blues 00:01:30
19.   No. 2. Tempo di Tango 00:02:55
20.   No. 3. Tempo di Charleston 00:01:18
  Le Noel (Christmas), H. 167
21.   No. 1. Le traineau (The Sledge) 00:01:08
22.   No. 2. Berceuse enfantine (Child's Lullaby) 00:02:08
23.   No. 3. Chant de Noel (Christmas Carol) 00:02:14
  5 esquisses de danses (Dance Sketches), H. 220
24.   No. 1. Allegro moderato 00:01:51
25.   No. 2. Poco andantino 00:02:42
26.   No. 3. Allegro vivo 00:01:30
27.   No. 4. Tempo di valse 00:02:13
28.   No. 5. Allegro 00:02:11
  Foxtrot, H. 126
29.   Foxtrot, H. 126 00:02:40

Total Playing Time: 01:07:14

Martinů, Bohuslav

Koukl, Giorgio

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557914

Barcode: 747313291427

Physical Release: 11/2006

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