Martinu - Double Concertos for Violin and Piano | Pentatone PTC5186658

Martinu - Double Concertos for Violin and Piano

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186658

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th April 2018

Contents

Artists

Deborah Nemtanu (violin)
Sarah Nemtanu (violin)
Magali Demesse (viola)
Mari Kodama (piano)
Momo Kodama (piano)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

Works

Martinu, Bohuslav

Concerto for 2 violins in D major, H329
Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, H292
Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra

Artists

Deborah Nemtanu (violin)
Sarah Nemtanu (violin)
Magali Demesse (viola)
Mari Kodama (piano)
Momo Kodama (piano)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

About

‘A slice of heaven’ – concertante works by Bohuslav Martinů.

Bohuslav Martinů’s distinctive musical voice, which infuses the great Czech tradition with modern idioms, is showcased in this captivating survey of his concertante works, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille conducted by Lawrence Foster.

The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is a lively and rhythmic tour de force. Breezily energetic and relentless, it is full of jazzy inflections and high speed fireworks, pausing only in the tranquillity of the slow movement for moments of serene calm. By contrast, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra is a warm, lyrical work in the Romantic tradition. With its intricate and interweaving solo lines, expansive melodies and dance-like syncopations it’s an engaging work of considerable charm which deserves a wider audience. The Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra is a dreamily nostalgic work whose simple melodies, radiant lyricism and soaring viola line make it one of the 20th century’s most performed viola concertos.

This release reunites the Kodama sisters in the studio following their scintillating recording of Tchaikovsky ballet suites for Pentatone. In a review of a public performance of the Martinů Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, the Ziebline journal wrote “Mari and Momoyo Kodama are extraordinary ... The fingers of the Japanese musicians were flying with with diabolic ease and finesse: a stunning finale.”

Reviews

Of the two works here, the viola Rhapsody-Concerto is the better known – Magali Demesse’s version is a worthy successor to Josef Suk Jr’s – but the Franco-Romanian Nemtanu sisters play the double violin concerto in the spirit of Bach’s masterpiece for the same combination. A revelatory selection of some of Martinu’s most accessible works.  Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times 6 May 2018

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