Martinu - Violin Concerto no.2, Toccata e due Canzoni | Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord HMA1951951

Martinu - Violin Concerto no.2, Toccata e due Canzoni

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord

Cat No: HMA1951951

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd December 2016

Contents

Artists

Isabelle Faust (violin)
Cedric Tiberghien (piano)
Prague Philharmonia

Conductor

Jiri Belohlavek

Works

Martinu, Bohuslav

Serenade for strings no.2, H216
Toccata and due canzoni, H311
Violin Concerto no.2, H293

Artists

Isabelle Faust (violin)
Cedric Tiberghien (piano)
Prague Philharmonia

Conductor

Jiri Belohlavek

About

Commentators have so often confined themselves to describing Martinů's music in terms of multiple influences – French music, the 18th-century concerto grosso – that they have tended to forget his own strong personality and his perfect assimilation of Baroque style. The three works presented on this recording display the Czech composer's endless creativity within the framework of a vivid concertante language.

“Jiří Bělohlávek conducts with fiery commitment, and there's super-sensuous playing from the Prague Philharmonia. Isabelle Faust is the expressive soloist in the Second Violin Concerto, while Cédric Tiberghien plays Toccata e Due Canzoni with bags of charm.” - Tim Ashley, June 13, 2008, The Guardian

“The present recording is a near-ideal interpretation of the work. From her very first entry, Isabelle Faust shows a strong feeling for the work’s dramatic ebb and flow, and in the supremely beautiful slow movement achieves heights of eloquence.(…) As in the Concerto, Bělohlávek produces readings that have an exemplary lyricism, reaching a high point in the first Canzona. Excellently recorded, this is an issue to treasure.” - Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine, July 2008

“music and performance spotlight the splendid engineering that is an unobtrusive delight of this excellent disc.
Recommended.”
- Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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