Bohuslav Martinu

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Bohuslav Martinu

Concerto for Flute, Violin and Orchestra H 252, Duo Concertante for Two Violins and Orchestra H 264, Concerto in D for Two Violins and Orchestra H 329

Bohuslav Matousek--violin, Janne Thomsen--flute, Regis Pasquier--violin, Jennifer Koh--violin, Czech Philharmonic, Christopher Hogwood.

Production: Simon Perry. Text: Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: 6/2004, 12/2005, Rudolfinum, Dvorak Hall, Prague. Released: 2007. TT: 55:06. DDD. I CD Hyperion CDA67671 (distribution Classic).

Bohuslav Martinu is a composer whose music it is still very pertinent to present in interesting combinations or complete sets. This is because every new exercise in setting his music in genre or period context represents a further justification and revelation of the value of his very extensive oeuvre. Martini's concertante work is correspondingly extensive and not all of it is well known and frequently played. The Hyperion record company's plan to publish Martinu's complete works for violin and orchestra is therefore very promising and let us hope that other parts of the complete set will follow this successful CD. The chief pair of protagonists--the conductor Christopher Hogwood and the violinist Bohuslav Matousek--is in itself a sure guarantee of the quality of interpretation of Martinu's music, with which both have great experience. Matousek has already recorded Martinu's complete works for violin and piano for Supraphon with the pianist Petr Adamec. This CD, however, takes us into the completely different, stylistically sharply defined concertante world of Bohuslav Martinu. …