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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22039
Recording details: September 1983
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: July 1988
Total duration: 10 minutes 7 seconds

'First-class performances and superb recording. An indispensable issue for lovers of Martinu's music' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'A delightful record, first class performances and superb recording. An indispensable issue' (Penguin Stereo Record Guide)

'Martinu's fluent brand of neo-classicism takes flight in an indispensable (and inexpensive) double-CD set' (Tower.com)

Madrigal Sonata
composer
1942

Poco allegro  [3'51]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Martinu did not return to the madrigal idea again until 1942. By this time he was an exile in America. Having got over his initial homesickness he was now ready to woo the American public. He had already written the first Symphony which was successful, and was embarking on a Concerto for two pianos. In between, and by way of relaxation, he wrote two pieces of chamber music, a set of Variations on a theme of Rossini for cello and piano, and the Madrigal Sonata for flute, violin and piano. This approximates to sonata form but, as in the earlier work, it is the interplay of the three voices rather than considerations of structure which interests the composer most, emphasizing the link in his mind between this type of writing and the free-flowing lines of the classical madrigal.

Its three short movements (the second and third are interlinked) are somewhat fey in character and again remind us of Julietta. The mood generally is light and graceful, and the music does not attempt to plumb great depths of expression. A kind of Baroque-style ostinato is a feature of the first movement, and the slowish introduction to the second makes much use of trills. The Madrigal Sonata was completed in November 1942 and first performed in New York on 9 December on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the American League of Composers.

from notes by Kenneth Dommett & Robert Matthew-Walker © 1998

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