Martinů: The complete music for violin and orchestra, Vol. 3

This is the third volume in Hyperion’s set of the complete works for violin and orchestra by Martinu, featuring the wonderful Bohuslav Matoušek with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Christopher Hogwood. Many first recordings are included in the series, as well as works totally unperformed outside the Czech Republic. The two very different versions of Martinu’s Suite concertante are fascinating rarities. The only well-known work on this disc is the Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra: a lyrical, virtuosic piece written for Jascha Viessi and one of the most performed viola concertos of the twentieth century.

The programme notes by Aleš Bresina are meticulously researched and provide a comprehensive background to the intriguing genesis and performance history of these works.

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GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE
‘In the Rhapsody-Concerto Matoušek shows himself as adept a viola-player as he is a violinist, sweeter-toned than Telecky and a match for Imai and Bukac … this third volume in Hyperion's invaluab ...
‘The performance of the two-movement Rhapsody-Concerto is exemplary … Matoušek exchanges violin for viola and luxuriates in the radiant lyricism of Martinů's last period. Hogwood shapes the struc ...
‘Martinů was prolific in every field, but perhaps no more so than in the concerto, where he explored a variety of forms and instrumental combinations … Bohuslav Matoušek plays all three works her ...