Friday, November 13, 2009

Martinu - Symphonies - Neeme Järvi, Bamberger Symphoniker 3CD







Martinu - Symphonies - Järvi, Bamberger Symphoniker 3CD
Symphonic | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 3 CD, 875 MB
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Bohuslav Martinů (Martinu) (December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was a prolific Bohemian Czech composer, who wrote six symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works.


He became a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught music in his home town. In 1923 Martinů left Czechoslovakia for Paris, and deliberately withdrew from the Romantic style in which he had been trained. In the 1930s he experimented with expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of current European technical developments, exemplified by his orchestral works Half-time and La Bagarre. He also adopted jazz idioms, for instance in his Kuchyňské revue ("Kitchen Revue"). Of the post-war avant-garde styles, neo-classicism influenced him the most. He continued to use Czech and Moravian folk melodies throughout his oeuvre, usually nursery rhymes—for instance in Otvírání studánek ("The Opening of the Wells").

He emigrated to the United States in 1941, fleeing the German invasion of France. Although as a composer he was successful in America, receiving many commissions, he became homesick for Czechoslovakia. He never returned to his native country, and he died in Switzerland.

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CD Content

CD 1:
Bohuslav Martinů
Symphony No.1 (1942)
1. I. Moderato 10'15
2. II. Allegro 7'50
3. III. Largo 8'17
4. IV. Allegro non troppo 9'39
Symphony No.2 (1943)
5. I. Allegro moderato 6'12
6. II. Andante moderato 7'53
7. III. Poco allegro 4'35
8. IV. Allegro 4'45

CD 2:
Symphony No.3 (1944)
1. I. Allegro poco moderato 8'35
2. II. Largo 8'30
3. III. Allegro - Andante 11'30
Symphony No.4 (1945)
4. I. Poco moderato 6'51
5. II. Allegro vivo 8'56
6. III. Largo 10'07
7. IV. Poco allegro 6'52

CD 3:
Symphony No.5 (1946)
1. I. Adagio - Allegro 8'52
2. II. Larghetto 9'55
3. III. Lento - Allegro 11'56
Symphony No.6 (1951-53) Fantaisies symphoniques
4. I. Lento - Allegro 8'25
5. II. Poco allegro 7'34
6. III. Lento 11'08

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra [Bamberger Symphoniker],

Neeme Järvi, conductor

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