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Martinu: Symphony No. 4, Frescoes of Piero Della Francesca, Three Parables for Orchestra After the Poems of Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Georges Neveu

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Audio CD, March 24, 1998
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Les Fresques De Piero Della Francesca: Les Suivantes De la Reine De Saba
  2. Les Fresques De Piero Della Francesca: Le Songe De Constantin
  3. Les Fresques De Piero Della Francesca: Les Batailles, Et Autres Fresques
  4. Sym No.4: I. Poco Moderato
  5. Sym No.4: II. Allegro Vivo
  6. Sym No.4: III. Largo
  7. Sym No.4: IV. Poco Allegro
  8. Parables: La Parabole D'un Sculpteur (Andante Pastorale)
  9. Parables: La Parabole Du Jardin (Poco Moderato)
  10. Parables: La Parabole Du Labyrinthe (Poco Allegro)

Product Details

  • Performer: Bohuslav Martinu, Ernest Ansermet, Suisse Romande Orchestra, Occhestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cascavelle/Albany
  • ASIN: B000005ZCL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ansermet's readings of Martinu are passionate and lush, and the Suisse Romande orchestra sounds pleasantly physical and rough-textured...the vinyl mono sound (is that a touch of surface hiss?) captures the nasal oboes and scratchy strings much better than most ultra-smooth modern recordings. So, the disc's a keeper unless you're crazy about ultra-pure sound.
There are touches of '50s sonorities in some of the pieces which haven't aged altoghether well. Martinu's music doesn't sound like anyone else's, though, and the pieces in general are nicely structured and rewarding.
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