Martinu: La revue de cuisine

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Martinu: La revue de cuisine



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28th May 2012




74 minutes


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Martinu: La revue de cuisine


La Revue de Cuisine

Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra

Robert Hill (harpsichord)

Fétes Nocturnes, H376

Les Rondes

Klaus Simon (conductor & piano)




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Ranging from 1927 to 1959, the year of Martinů’s death, these four works reveal his unceasing versatility in chamber repertoire. La revue de cuisine, heard here in a recent reconstruction of the original complete score, is a supreme example of Martinů’s jazz style. In Les rondes he evokes his Moravian folk heritage. The Harpsichord Concerto is resourcefully scored and brilliantly crafted, whilst Chamber Music No. 1 (‘Les fêtes nocturnes’), one of his last works, sees no cessation of his invention nor of his delight in atmospheric colour. This disc catches the composer in the full flood of fluency and the four works are uniquely coupled in our disc.

Bohuslav Martinu: Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246

I. Poco allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto

Bohuslav Martinu: Musique de chambre No. 1, H. 376

I. Allegretto moderato

II. Andante moderato

III. Poco allegro

Bohuslav Martinu: Les rondes, H. 200

I. Poco allegro

II. Poco andantino

III. Allegro

IV. Tempo di valse

V. Andantino

VI. Allegro vivo

Bohuslav Martinu: La revue de cuisine, H. 161

Prologue: Allegretto

Introduction: Tempo di marche

Danse du moulinet autour du chaudron: Poco meno

Danse du chaudron et du couvercle: Allegro

Tango (Danse d'amour): Lento

Duel: Poco a poco allegro. Tempo di charleston

Entr'acte (Lamentation du chaudron): Allegro moderato

Marche funebre: Adagio

Danse radieuse: Tempo di marche

Fin du drame: Allegretto

MusicWeb International

August 2012

“The performances here are first rate as is the vibrant recorded sound. The instrumentalists all receive due recognition in the notes and it would be churlish of me to single out any one of them — such is the excellence of the ensemble. Furthermore, Klaus Simon clearly has the measure of Martinu’s music.”

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