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Martinu, Bohuslav (1890-1959)  

Bohuslav Martinů

born: 8 December 1890
died: 28 August 1959
country: Czechoslovakia

Bohuslav Martinů (December 8, 1890—August 28, 1959) was educated in the classic romantic style and deliberately withdrew after the First World War from the previous generation of teachers. He went through a trial period of expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of the current technical developments (orchestral sentences Half-time, La Bagarre) and jazz period as well (Kitchen Revue). Of all of the post-war avant-garde styles, neo-classicism influenced him the most. Despite all of these stimuli from the 30s, he still used Czech folk melodies, usually nursery rhymes (Opening of the Wells). With respect to this he shows his personal difference from the avant-garde scene of the time.

He emigrated to the United States in 1941 after the invasion of France, where he became, after Antonín Dvořák, especially with his symphonies and instrumental concerts (piano, harpsichord, violin etc.), the most significant Czech symphonic composer earning global prestige. There he joined intonated Czech music with his homesickness for his native country, to which he could never return. His chamber as well as choral works (the cantata Gilgameš, Polní mše (Field Mass), Songs, Chorales) are prolific. He wrote 15 operas (including Three Wishes, Miracles of Mary, Julietta, and The Greek Passion), and 14 ballets.

Albums
'Martinů & Schulhoff: String Sextets' (CDH55321)
Martinů & Schulhoff: String Sextets
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55321  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Martinů, Dohnányi & Schoenberg: String Trios' (CDA67429)
Martinů, Dohnányi & Schoenberg: String Trios
'Martinů, Eben & Smetana: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Martinů, Eben & Smetana: Piano Trios
'Martinů: Cello Sonatas' (CDH55185)
Martinů: Cello Sonatas
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55185  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Martinů: Chamber Music' (CDD22039)
Martinů: Chamber Music
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 CDD22039  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
'Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 1' (CDA67671)
Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 1
'Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 2' (CDA67672)
Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 2
'Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 3' (CDA67673)
Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 3
'Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 4' (CDA67674)
Martinů: Complete music for violin & orchestra, Vol. 4
'Martinů: Sonatina; Milhaud: Sonata & Duo; Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins' (CDA66473)
Martinů: Sonatina; Milhaud: Sonata & Duo; Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99 CDA66473  Deleted  
'Dohnányi, Schoenberg & Martinů: String Trios' (CDA67429)
Dohnányi, Schoenberg & Martinů: String Trios
'Eben, Smetana & Martinů: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Eben, Smetana & Martinů: Piano Trios
'Homage to Paderewski' (CDA67903)
Homage to Paderewski
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'Schoenberg, Martinů & Dohnányi: String Trios' (CDA67429)
Schoenberg, Martinů & Dohnányi: String Trios
'Schulhoff & Martinů: String Sextets' (CDH55321)
Schulhoff & Martinů: String Sextets
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55321  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Smetana, Martinů & Eben: Piano Trios' (CDA67730)
Smetana, Martinů & Eben: Piano Trios
'Smörgasbord' (CDA67184)
Smörgasbord
'Milhaud: Sonata & Duo; Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins; Martinů: Sonatina' (CDA66473)
Milhaud: Sonata & Duo; Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins; Martinů: Sonatina
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99 CDA66473  Deleted  
Complete works available for download
Arabesque No 1 Mats Lidström (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Concerto da camera, H285 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Karel Košárek (piano), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Concerto for flute, violin and orchestra, H252 Janne Thomsen (flute), Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D major, H329 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Jennifer Koh (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, H342 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Karel Košárek (piano), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Czech Rhapsody, H307a Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Duo concertante for two violins and orchestra, H264 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Régis Pasquier (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Five Madrigal Stanzas The Dartington Ensemble
Four Madrigals The Dartington Ensemble
La Revue de Cuisine The Dartington Ensemble
Madrigal Sonata The Dartington Ensemble
Mazurka, H284 Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Nonet The Dartington Ensemble
Piano Trio No 1 'Cinq pièces brèves' The Florestan Trio
Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra, H337 Bohuslav Matoušek (viola), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos The Raphael Ensemble
Sonata for cello and piano No 1 Steven Isserlis (cello), Peter Evans (piano)
Sonata for cello and piano No 2 Steven Isserlis (cello), Peter Evans (piano)
Sonata for cello and piano No 3 Steven Isserlis (cello), Peter Evans (piano)
Sonatina for two violins and piano Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Ernst Kovacic (violin), Susan Tomes (piano)
String Trio No 2 Leopold String Trio
Suite concertante for violin and orchestra, H276a Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Three Madrigals The Dartington Ensemble
Three Madrigals The Raphael Ensemble, Anthony Marwood (violin), Sally Beamish (viola)
Trio in F The Dartington Ensemble
Violin Concerto No 1, H226 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Violin Concerto No 2, H293 Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Arabesque No 1 (Martinů)
Concerto da camera, H285 (Martinů)
Concerto for flute, violin and orchestra, H252 (Martinů)
Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D major, H329 (Martinů)
Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, H342 (Martinů)
Czech Rhapsody, H307a (Martinů/Teml)
Duo concertante for two violins and orchestra, H264 (Martinů)
Five Madrigal Stanzas (Martinů)
Four Madrigals (Martinů)
La Revue de Cuisine (Martinů)
Madrigal Sonata (Martinů)
Mazurka, H284 (Martinů)
Nonet (Martinů)
Piano Trio No 1 'Cinq pièces brèves' (Martinů)
Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra, H337 (Martinů)
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos (Martinů)
Sonata for cello and piano No 1 (Martinů)
Sonata for cello and piano No 2 (Martinů)
Sonata for cello and piano No 3 (Martinů)
Sonatina for two violins and piano (Martinů)
String Trio No 2 (Martinů)
Suite concertante for violin and orchestra, H276 (Martinů)
Suite concertante for violin and orchestra, H276a (Martinů)
Three Madrigals (Martinů)
Trio in F (Martinů)
Violin Concerto No 1, H226 (Martinů)
Violin Concerto No 2, H293 (Martinů)
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