Martinu: Chamber Music

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Martinu: Chamber Music



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Martinu: Chamber Music


Piano Quartet No. 1, H. 287

Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello & Piano, H. 315

Sonata for Viola & Piano, H. 355

String Quintet, H. 164

Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Charmian Gadd (violin), Rainer Moog (viola), Theodore Kuchar (viola), Young-Chang Cho (cello), Alexander Ivashkin (cello), Daniel Adni (piano), Joel Marangella (oboe), Kathryn Selby (piano), Solomia Soroka (violin)



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Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Quartet No. 1

Poco allegro


Allegretto poco moderato-Poco allegro-Allegro-Andante-Allegretto-Allegro

Bohuslav Martinu: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315

Moderato poco allegro

Adagio-Andante poco moderato-Poco allegro

Bohuslav Martinu: Viola Sonata, H. 355

Poco andante-Moderato-Tempo I-Poco meno

Allegro non troppo-Poco meno-Allegro-Poco meno-Poco piu meno-Moderato-Poco vivo-Tempo I-Poco meno

Bohuslav Martinu: String Quintet, H. 164

Allegro con brio



Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The Quartet for oboe, violin, cello and piano is a highly attractive piece in the busy yet unfussy neo-classical style that Martinu made so much his own. Its opening theme is quite captivating, but all three movements have charm. The other music is hardly less delightful. The Viola Sonata is an eloquent work from the mid-1950s, composed three years after the Rhapsody-Concerto for the same instrument and orchestra. These were vintage years in Martinu's creativity. The String Quintet is the earliest work, dating from his Paris years, and shows the influence of Roussel.
Although the first movement is perhaps not topdrawer Martinu, the slow movement is most imaginative. The performances are often touched with distinction and are never less than eminently serviceable. Adni could perhaps be a little more supple in the Piano Quartet of 1942 though in general he plays with spirit. There's plenty of air round the players and the recording is lifelike and well balanced.”

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