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  Martinu: Rhapsody Concerto - Conlon
  Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Concertino for Piano Trio and Strings, Concerto for Trio and Strings, Memorial to Lidice

Tabea Zimmermann
Trio Wanderer
Gürzenich Orchester Köln
James Conlon (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Edvin December 17, 2005 (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Apropos the thread...My list of favorite Classical Compositions not yet on´s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is.

It is difficult to review the music of Martinu since he was such an incredibly prolific composer and much of the music sounds similar. Me, I am a fan and I cherish my old Supraphon LP´s. I can´t get enough of all these Poco Allegros that motorically rushes forward. But that is only one side of this genius, there is this lyrical and gentle side as well.

In order to perform Martinu well you have to understand the value of rhythm. Not in the manner of Stravinsky, here it is more a Czech folk music lilt. And also how you phrase and accent the melodies. The conductor James Conlon knows all of this and puts in some masterful performances together with the piano trio, Trio Wanderer, and Tabea Zimmermann.

I haven´t heard the Ondine performance of Memorial for Lidice (don´t need another Bartok Concerto). This is a heartfelt performance played with great sensibility by the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne. The Concertino for piano trio and strings is a spirited work in a neoclassical style. Gorgeous playing and some wonderful music. Light and breezy, reminding us what life could be like. The relatively often played Rhapsody for viola and orchestra recieves a passionate performance.

The Concerto for piano trio and strings is somewhat more serious. A heavier piece with lots of shades of grey. This masterful music was first performed in 1963 after almost three decades of neglect.

My favorite piece on this sacd is the Concertino. James Conlon, seriously underrated, is a perfect conductor for this music and he has chosen a soloist and a piano trio that fully understand the essence of Martinu.

The sound is full and bright. The only problem is that the rear channels are almost inaudible. Even in surround mode it sounds like a two channel sacd, but a very good one.

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Review by raffells December 27, 2006 (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Ok I dont disagree with Edwin much.The Memorial work which opens the very well filled disc is well above average work and so Is the easy to appreciate Viola concerto for many reasons which I think
Edwin has dismissed rather lightly..Its much better on this disc that I remember on the Lps..Yes the other two unusual and contrasting works make this a very good bargain disc and certainly of the highest quality.It makes me wonder why we havent got more of this composer played in this quality.I chose my words carefully.The 4th symphony is needed as much as many other sacds..Definitely a recommend for works performance and quality.Not one you are going to play and forget...goodish liner notes..Dave

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Works: 4  

Bohuslav Martinu - Concertino for Piano Trio and Strings, H 232
Bohuslav Martinu - Concerto for Piano Trio and Strings, H 231
Bohuslav Martinu - Památník Lidicím (Memorial to Lidice), H 296
Bohuslav Martinu - Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, H 337