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Little-known music of all eras => New recordings => Topic started by: M. Yaskovsky on November 26, 2017, 11:54:19 am



Title: Unknown Martinu
Post by: M. Yaskovsky on November 26, 2017, 11:54:19 am
Attention please for this interesting release. Premiere recording of 3 very early Martinu scores by Toccata Classics https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B077MQC5YY/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&psc=1


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Dundonnell on November 28, 2017, 01:40:21 am
Interesting indeed!

I have not investigated the two previous releases in this series. Has anyone else done so??


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Gauk on December 02, 2017, 11:14:20 am
I have listened to volume 1. The performances with Sinfonia Varsovia and Ian Hobson are fine. The pieces are none of them profound, but pleasant listening, and some show very interesting pre-echos of Martinu's later style.


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Dundonnell on December 04, 2017, 02:21:01 am
I am an idiot  I do have Volume 1 in my collection. Another of those cds bought, listened to once and promptly forgotten.

Reading about the works in Volume 3 however suggests that they will be very interesting indeed.


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Dundonnell on January 04, 2018, 10:02:35 pm
The new disc is magnificent!

Glorious, rich, dark romantic music in a style which the composer largely abandoned: Straussian with the influence of Debussy. But music well worth revival.

Warmly and enthusiastically recommended :)


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Demetrius on January 05, 2018, 12:17:53 pm
It sounds fascinating. I do like Martinu a lot, although I haven't listened to any of his music for a good while. And I've never really heard any of the early stuff. I'll have to add that to my shopping list for when I have some spare dosh.

Of course, I now feel like I have to buy Vols. 1 & 2 as well, if only for completism's sake as it'll annoy me having a disc labelled Vol 3 in my collection on its own!  ;D

Thanks for the feedback.


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Expi on January 10, 2018, 09:01:08 am
Nice disk. Vanishing Midnight is really a wonderful romantic piece with impressionistic influences, worth hearing. The other two pieces are not on that level, actually redundant and not relevant.  ::)


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: Dundonnell on January 11, 2018, 03:23:11 am
Nice disk. Vanishing Midnight is really a wonderful romantic piece with impressionistic influences, worth hearing. The other two pieces are not on that level, actually redundant and not relevant.  ::)

I am delighted that you are obviously impressed by "Vanishing Midnight".

You may be less taken by the other pieces on the disc and that is of course a perfectly "proper" response. Once again however you persist in using the phrase "not relevant" (to which you now add the word "redundant").

If you have read the responses from other members to your previous posts you should be aware that the use of the phrase "not relevant" is inappropriate (or, more directly, nonsensical). Relevance by definition requires a relationship, ie relevance to what. In the context of early Martinu-the music he was writing before the influences of Stravinsky and of jazz brought about a change of musical direction-these early orchestral works, influenced by Strauss and Debussy, are exceptionally "relevant" (which is why Toccata decided to record them).

Repeatedly describing particular music as "not relevant" has irked other members, is annoying and-if continued out of some sense of amusement-is decidedly unfunny.


Title: Re: Unknown Martinu
Post by: the Administration on January 14, 2018, 08:36:01 am
you

Please remember our second rule and stick to Martinů, about whose music it is assuredly possible to say a great deal more. Thank you members.