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

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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.
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Contents

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