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Chamber Music

Martinu Audio CD
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1. Piano Quartet No. 1: Poco Allegro
2. Piano Quartet No. 1: Adagio
3. Piano Quartet No. 1: Allegretto poco moderato - etc.
4. Quartet For Oboe, Violin, Cello And Piano: Moderato poco allegro
5. Quartet For Oboe, Violin, Cello And Piano: Adagio - Adante poco moderato - Poco allegro
6. Sonata No. 1 For Viola and Piano: Poco andante - Moderato - Tempo I - Poco meno
7. Sonata No. 1 For Viola and Piano: Allegro non troppo - Poco menu - Etc.
8. String Quintet For Two Violins, Two Violas And Cello: Allegro con brio
9. String Quintet For Two Violins, Two Violas And Cello: Largo
10. String Quintet For Two Violins, Two Violas And Cello: Allegretto

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Martinu album Nov. 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
In an Amazon.com 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 Jan. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Martinu album Nov. 27 2002
By T. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In an Amazon.com 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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Selection of Martinu Chamber Works Jan. 12 2004
By R. Albin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist Whose Time Will Come Feb. 28 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chamber Music Find Feb. 24 2005
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine selection of rare Martinu Feb. 19 2009
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A miscellany of Martinu chamber music, and though none of the works are quite as good as his best string quartets or the second piano quintet, Martinu's mastery of the trademark well-constructed and rather hectic neo-classicism provides for always entertaining listening experiences. The oboe quartet is a case in point, a charming if slightly light-weight work with a marvelous opening theme. The viola sonata is cut from the same cloth; elegant and well-constructed in all its business. The string quintet is not quite on the same level; it is an early work which reveals some influence by French impressionism. The piano quartet dates from 1942 and is a fine if slightly anonymous work as well. Performances are fine, if a little rough along the edges, and the sound quality is life-like but unrefined. Still, this is a very worthwhile release, but newcomers to Martinu's chamber music are advised to pick up the 4th, 5th and 7th string quartet and the second piano quintet first.
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