Bohuslav Martinu: Complete Piano Music vol.1 (Naxos Audio CD)

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Series: Naxos Audio CD: Martinu complete piano music

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Giorgio Koukl (piano)

Although they number approximately eighty out of a total of over four hundred works, Martinu’s compositions for solo piano have long been overshadowed by his orchestral and chamber music.

This first release in the Naxos complete Martinu 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.

Martinu’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 Dvorák, Stravinsky, and Martinu’s mentor, Roussel.


Contents and Reviews

8 Preludes, H. 181
No. 1. Blues
No. 2. Scherzo
No. 3. Andante
No. 4. Danse
No. 5. Capriccio
No. 6. Largo
No. 7. Etude
No. 8. Foxtrot

Fenetre sur le jardin (Window on the Garden), H. 270
I. Poco andante
II. Allegro moderato
III. Moderato
IV. Allegretto

Bajky (Fables), H. 138
No. 1. Na farme (On the Farm)
No. 2. Chudak kralicek (The Poor Rabbit)
No. 3. Opicky (The Monkeys)
No. 4. Kuratko (The Chicken)
No. 5. Zly medved (The Angry Bear)

3 esquisses (3 Sketches), H. 160
No. 1. Tempo di Blues
No. 2. Tempo di Tango
No. 3. Tempo di Charleston

Le Noel (Christmas), H. 167
No. 1. Le traineau (The Sledge)
No. 2. Berceuse enfantine (Child's Lullaby)
No. 3. Chant de Noel (Christmas Carol)

5 esquisses de danses (Dance Sketches), H. 220
No. 1. Allegro moderato
No. 2. Poco andantino
No. 3. Allegro vivo
No. 4. Tempo di valse
No. 5. Allegro

Foxtrot, H. 126