Die vorliegende Aufnahme ist die erste einer auf vier Folgen angelegten Einspielung sämtlicher Werke für Violine und Orchester von Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). So werden einige Ersteinspielungen zu hören sein und auch solche Werke, die bislang vorwiegend in Tschechien gespielt werden und die nur darauf warten, von einem größeren Publikum entdeckt zu werden.
This recording is the first volume of a four-disc survey of Martinu’s complete output for solo violin and orchestra, including compositions with other solo instruments. This important series will include some first recordings, and works which are currently widely performed only in the Czech Republic; they are still waiting to be rediscovered abroad. They are performed here by the orchestra in which Martinu played the violin, the distinguished Czech violinist Bohuslav Matoušek who is one of the foremost living exponents of this music, and conductor Christopher Hogwood.
'The performances are excellent, without exception. Matousek has the technique for the worst hurdles, yet preserves an expressive, suave tone for more poetic pages … Hogwood … leads spirited readings in which the Czech Philharmonic reveals the expertise and precision lost after so many members emigrated in the 1990s' (Fanfare, USA)
'[Duo concertante] Written in Martinu's best 1930s concerto grosso style, its three movements are limpidly scored, allowing the flowing, interweaving lines of the soloists to sound to best advantage; as the excellent booklet-notes say, "an extraordinary musical experience" … This disc is an utter delight from start to finish' (Gramophone)
'Attractive but unfamiliar pieces which few but the most seasoned Martinu fans will already know, in performances that are not only enjoyable in themselves but which whet the appetite for their successors … Christopher Hogwood keeps the music unfolding naturally throughout … Everything here shows Martinu's typically festive imagination in full flight' (International Record Review)
Konzert für Flöte, Violine und Orchester H 252
1. Allegro moderato
3. Poco allegro
Duo concertante für 2 Violinen und Orchester H 264