Martinu - Complete Piano Music Volume 2

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Martinu - Complete Piano Music Volume 2


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29th Jan 2007




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Martinu - Complete Piano Music Volume 2


Puppets: Book 1, H.137

Puppets: Book 2, H.116

Puppets: Book 3, H.92

Film en miniature, H.148

Butterflies and Birds of Paradise

The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon

Spring in the Garden, H.125

Les bouquinistes du Quai Malaquais, H.319

Giorgio Koukl (piano)



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The Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu was highly prolific, with over 400 works in many forms to his credit. In this second CD of his piano works, we have three sets of Puppets, written between 1912 and 1924. These and his Film in Miniature of 1925 reflect Martinu's fascination with popular culture.

The two sets of Garden Cycles from 1920 predate the composer's move to Paris. The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon is dedicated to Hsien-Ming Lee Tcherepnin, the Chinese-born pianist and that composer's wife, while Les Bouginistes is dedicated to his own wife Charlotte - both written in New York in 1948.

Martinu was an enormously prolific composer, who seemed often enough careless of the fate of what he had written. He tended to avoid revision of his work and in consequence the vast quantity of music he wrote is of uneven quality and varying style, although he came, in the 1930s, to make increasing use of Czech thematic material and to be identified with his native country, from which he remained an exile.

Bohuslav Martinu: Loutky (Puppets), H. 92

No. 1. Pierrotovo zastaveniako (Pierrot's Serenade)

No. 2. Valaik sentimentalni loutky (The Sentimental Puppet's Waltz)

No. 3. Colombina (Columbine)

No. 4. Ples loutek (Puppet Ball)

Bohuslav Martinu: Loutky, H. 116

No. 1. Loutkove divadlo (Puppet Show)

No. 2. Harlekyn (Harlequin)

No. 3. Colombina vzpomina (Columbine Remembers)

No. 4. Nemocna loutka (The Sick Puppet)

No. 5. Colombina zpiva (Columbine Sings)

Bohuslav Martinu: Loutky, H. 137

No. 1. Colombina tanai (Columbine Dances)

No. 2. Nova loutka (The New Puppet) (Shimmy)

No. 3. Ostychava panenka (The Shy Puppet)

No. 4. Pohadka (Fairy-tale)

No. 5. Tanec loutek (Dance of The Puppets)

Bohuslav Martinu: Film en miniature, H. 148

I. Tango

II. Scherzo

III. Ukolebavka (Berceuse)

IV. Valse

V. Chanson

VI. Carillon

Bohuslav Martinu: Jaro v zahrade (Spring in the Garden), H. 125

I. Co si ted budeme hrati? Na honenou? (What shall we play now? Tag?)

II. Myslim, ze bych uz mel jit spat. (I think I should go to sleep now)

III. Proc bychom si nezahrali na vojaky. (Why shouldn't we play soldiers?)

IV. Neni to snad nic zleho, utrhnu-li si nekolik kvetin. (It isn't bad, is it, to pick a few flowers)

Bohuslav Martinu: Motyli a rajky (Butterflies and Birds of Paradise), H. 127

I. Motyli v kvetinach (Butterflies in flowers)

II. Motyli a rajky (Butterflies and birds of paradise)

III. Rajky nad morem (Birds of paradise above the sea)

Bohuslav Martinu: The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon, H. 318

The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon, H. 318

Bohuslav Martinu: Les bouquinistes du quai Malaquais, H. 319

Les bouquinistes du Quai Malaquais, H. 319

Gramophone Magazine

“Koukl’s performances…are very warmly recorded but this is a splendid disc despite that. Recommended.”

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