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CHAN 10547

Martinu: Cello Concertos Nos 1 and 2/ Concertino

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Jiri Belohlavek


Raphael Wallfisch

cello

Venue:

Spanish Hall, Prague Castle



Producer:

Ralph Couzens


Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ben Connellan


Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 75:59
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BOHUSLAV MARTINU

(1890-1959)
   
 

Cello Concerto No. 1, H 196 (1930; revised 1939 and 1955)

26:08  
  for Cello and Orchestra  
1 I Allegro moderato 8:46
2 II Andante moderato 10:20
3 III Allegro - Andantino - Tempo I 7:00
  Bohumil Kotmel leader  
 

Cello Concerto No. 2, H 304 (1944-45)

36:07  
  for Cello and Orchestra  
4 I Moderato 13:05
5 II Andante poco moderato 14:10
6 III Allegro 8:44
  Josef Kroft leader  
7 

Concertino, H 143 (1924)

13:54
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  for Cello, Wind Instruments, Piano and Percussion  
  Allegro  


Cello Concertos Nos 1 and 2 are fully characteristic of Martinu and exemplary of the influence that France, in particular, had on his composition. They contain some of his best music and are here complemented by an early Cello Concertino.  

This popular recording by Raphael Wallfisch and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jirí Belohlávek is now available on the Chandos Classics label. The repertoire is rarely recorded and the disc will prove attractive on the market, at a highly competitive price. 
 

“A welcome concerto re-issue and a fine introduction to Martinu’s unique style… Recorded in 1991, Wallfisch’s consummate virtuosity and considerable lyrical gifts illuminate Martinu’s solo writing like no other. There have been a variety of other recordings of these works,…but this – one of Wallfisch’s finest discs – remains the best available, especially with Chandos’s excellent sound…”

Guy Rickards

Gramophone - December 2009

“Superb performances enhance enjoyable works.” “All the works are excellently performed by Raphael Wallfisch and the acoustic is very clear and pleasing. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra retains its superb qualities.”   

Richard Gate

Limelight Magazine - 2009

All in all, a most attractive recording, which can easily serve as the sole representative of this music in anyone’s collection.
Fanfare

Whatever else may be on your “must” list of classical CDs to buy, move it all down a notch and put this one on top. The two full-scale Martinu concertos on this disc can stand honourably with the few cello concertos ever programmed. Wallfisch brings a compelling mix of technical first and expressive insight… Not enough can be said for Chandos’ vibrant recording which puts real life-blood in the cello sound.
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