This is the second 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. Included here is the Concerto da camera, a favourite among Martinu’s instrumental concertos because of the freshness of its musical invention, the sensual sound of the orchestral part and the virtuosity of the solo parts. The joyful Czech Rhapsody is a thrilling virtuoso work, dedicated to Kreisler. The Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra is an enigmatic and highly personal work, structurally driven by its emotional nature and perhaps echoing the crisis in the composer’s personal life, caused by the sudden breakdown in the summer of 1952 of his long-term relationship with Rosalyn Barstow.
'The Concerto da Camera is an inventive and satisfying score in Martinu's Concerto Grosso mode with an appealing variation first movement radiating vitality … Christopher Hogwood has developed into an outstanding Martinu interpreter and the performances are first-class' (International Record Review)
'Martinu is a terminally underrated figure; these blistering performances will hopefully provide a tipping-point of recognition' (Classic FM Magazine)
'This disc is superb in every aspect from performance to recording quality, and will really force the listener to re-evaluate Martinu’s place among composers. Very highly recommended' (Audiophile Audition, USA)
N.Hornig in FonoForum 08/08: "Das populäre "Concerto da
camera" steht hier neben dem solistisch gleich besetzten
Konzert für Violine, Klavier und Orchester H 342 sowie
der "Tschechischen Rhapsodie" H 307A, die Martinu 1945
als Fassung für Violine und Klavier für Fritz Kreisler
schrieb. Die Version mit der Orchestrierung von Jiri Teml
wurde 2001 beim Martinu-Festival in Prag uraufgeführt.
Die Reihe hält weiterhin ihr hohes Niveau - bereits ein
neuer Maßstab für Martinu?"