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Martinu: Chamber Music

Bohuslav Martinu , Daniel Adni , Kathryn Selby , Charmian Gadd , Solomia Soroka , Isabelle von Keulen , Theodore Kuchar , Rainer Moog , Young-Chang Cho , Alexander Ivashkin Audio CD
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listen  1. Piano Quartet No. 1: Poco allegroYoung-Chang Cho 6:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Quartet No. 1: AdagioYoung-Chang Cho10:28Album Only
listen  3. Piano Quartet No. 1: Allegretto poco moderato-Poco allegro-Allegro-Andante-Allegretto-AllegroYoung-Chang Cho 8:43Album Only
listen  4. Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315: Moderato poco allegroCharmian Gadd 5:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315: Adagio-Andante poco moderato-Poco allegroJoel Marangella 6:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Viola Sonata, H. 355: Poco andante-Moderato-Tempo I-Poco menoDaniel Adni 7:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Viola Sonata, H. 355: Allegro non troppo-Poco meno-Allegro-Poco meno-Poco piu meno-Moderato-Poco vivo-Tempo I-Poco menoRainer Moog 8:14Album Only
listen  8. String Quintet, H. 164: Allegro con brioCharmian Gadd 5:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quintet, H. 164: LargoRainer Moog 8:41Album Only
listen10. String Quintet, H. 164: AllegrettoCharmian Gadd 4:59$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Daniel Adni, Kathryn Selby, Charmian Gadd, Solomia Soroka, Isabelle von Keulen, et al.
  • Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014AR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Martinu album November 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In an review of a different CD (the Naxos recording of Martinu's flute trio), someone parenthetically took a cheap shot at the pieces on this album, calling them "vacuous and annoying."
Well, don't let that idiot put you off this CD. These pieces might not be as instantly accessible as some of Martinu's other chamber works, but they are all excellent pieces of music. I can see how the intensely contrapuntal textures and idiosyncratic melodic lines may seem overwhelming initially, but after a few listens these features disentangle themselves- the music is often 'busy', but this is because it is very detailed and (I think) beautiful. The Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello, and Piano is very fresh and lively, and the Piano Quartet No. 1 gets better every time I hear it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Selection of Martinu Chamber Works January 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an interesting selection of Martinu chamber works featuring very good performances. Works are chosen from relatively early in his career (the String Quintet, 1927), from his period in America (the Piano Quartet #1, 1942; the Oboe Quartet, 1947), and from late in life (the Viola and Piano Sonata #1, 1955). This is a lot of very interesting and lovely music. The Sonata is a particular favorite of mine.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist Whose Time Will Come February 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bohuslav Martinu seems to polarize even lovers of contemporary music. While there are those who dismiss his output as superficial, there are equally vociferous societies who maintain blogs on the internet that make Martinu an icon. Where he actually falls is probably somewhere in the middle, though this lovely album of his chamber music hopefully will convince some doubters of his worth.

Anyone living in the Southern California area has grown to know Martinu through the auspices of KUSC music guru Jim Svejda whose nightly broadcast Music Shelf opens with the third movement (Allegretto poco moderato) of the Martinu Piano Quartet No. 1 - that splendid piano solo that is gradually joined b the pulsating and quirky strings. It is a 'popular favorite' among Svejda's devotees and garners more questions to the radio station staff than any other question posed! The Piano Quartet is here performed by Rainer Moog (piano), Daniel Adni, Young-Chang Cho and Isabelle van Keulen and captures all the playful business of this charming work.

The other works on this well-recorded album include the Quartet for oboe, violin, cello & piano with Charmian Gadd, Joel Marangella, Alexander Ivashkin, Kathryn Selby, the lyrically dreamy Sonata for viola & piano with Daniel Adni, viola and once again Rainer Moog, piano. The final offering is one of the folk song inspired Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello with Charmian Gadd, Solomia Soroka, Rainer Moog, Young-Chang Cho, Theodore Kuchar.

For an introduction to the music of this strong composer this fine CD recorded at the 1994 Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a fine starting point. And then on to the symphonies... Recommended. Grady Harp, February 06
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chamber Music Find February 24, 2005
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Recently heard on the radio the playing of the Oboe Quartet of this recording and was blown away with the lively and spirit of the peace.

Pleasantly surprised to find it on this truly budget price with additional chamber offeriings of this late 19th-early 20th century composer.

The additional offerings are well done by musicians at the 1194 Australian Chamber Festival. My favorite in addition to the Oboe Quartet is the Viola Sonata which is luscious and flowing with shades of his previous Rhapsody Concerto.

The Piano and String Quartets are fine, echoing Martinu's master: Roussel.
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