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Four Madrigals

'Martinů: Chamber Music' (CDD22039)
Martinů: Chamber Music
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No 1: Allegro moderato
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No 2: Lento
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No 3: Poco allegretto – Trio: Allegro
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No 4: Poco allegro
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Four Madrigals
The set of Four Madrigals for oboe, clarinet and bassoon was composed in Nice for the Trio d’Anches. This was the first time Martinu used the title. The introspective mood of Julietta is evident in the restrained character of each of the four pieces, and particularly discernible in the slow second. The Czech inflections are less pronounced but are detectable in the shape of the melodies.

As has been suggested, it was the linear independence of the madrigal that appealed most to Martinu, and in these four pieces it is exploited to the full. There are passages of imitation, but for the most part the three instruments pursue their own ways towards a conclusion, striking against each other and producing angularities of harmony that recall Stravinsky or, more consistently, the calculated spikiness of Honegger, a composer for whom Martinu entertained the greatest admiration. In spite of the ‘modernities’, however, the music is graceful, cool, and elegantly fashioned throughout.

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

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Details for CDD22039 disc 1 track 6
Allegro moderato
Recording date
25 September 1983
Recording venue
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
Hyperion usage
  1. Martinu: Madrigals (CDA66133)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: July 1988
    Deletion date: April 1998
    Superseded by CDD22039
  2. Martinu: Chamber Music (CDD22039)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 1998
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