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NA 5138

MARTINU: Epic of Gilgamesh (The)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Zdenek Kosler

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus

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Total Time - 55:28
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Gilgames, H. 351

1 Bass Solo and Chorus: Gilgames! 2:54
2 Gilgames! 1:58
3 Bass Solo: Vyslysela stiznost bozska Aruru 0:30
4 (Chorus): Cloveka neznal ni vlast 1:38
5 Bass Solo: Sam uz nechod 0:48
6 Chorus: Sam uz nejde lovec 1:50
7 Tenor Solo and Chorus: Zeno, hle, on! 2:23
8 Bass Solo and Chorus: K stadu kdyz pak pohledl 0:58
9 Soprano Solo: Ja k tobe vzhlizim 2:35
10 Speaker: I souhlasil v nitru svem 3:00
11 Chorus: Nam vsem v udel 3:21
12 Speaker: Gilgames a Enkidu 1:56
13 Tenor Solo: Ja pak vesel v onu tmu 0:55
14 Chorus: Enkidu trapil se den 1:03
15 Baritone Solo: Narek slyste muj, vy starci! 1:56
16 Chorus: Enkidu nic nevidi 3:02
17 Chorus: Gilgames, kam chvata? 3:08
18 Baritone Solo: Skon pritele meho zdeptal mne 1:05
19 Chorus: Gilgames, kam chvata? 2:22
20 Introduction 1:35
21 Soprano Solo: Gilgames, odekdy sily pozbyl? 1:10
22 Baritone Solo: Mne pritele skon podlomil 1:49
23 Speaker: Gilgames, jenz nevnikl 3:03
24 Soprano Solo and Chorus: To hlina jest 0:59
25 Baritone Solo and Chorus: Enlile, muj otce! 1:57
26 Spes, vladce luny 1:19
27 Eo, spln zadost! 1:38
28 Hlina zeme ho zahy odnala nam 1:00
29 Speaker, Baritone and Bass Soli with Chorus: I vyslysel ho Ea-buh 3:36
 Zdenek Kosler
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"The Epic of Gilgamesh comes from Martinu’s last years and is arguably his masterpiece. It evokes a remote and distant world, full of colour and mystery. Gilgamesh is the oldest poem known to mankind. The work abounds with invention of the highest quality and of consistently sustained inspiration. The Marco Polo performance is committed and sympathetic and the recording very natural in its balance."     ***
Penguin Guide - January 2009

                            Performance: ****      Sound: ****

"The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the finest products of Martinu’s rich final decade. Testimony to the composer’s broad literary interests, this oratorio brings to life with mystic intensity one of the world’s most ancient tales of love and the hereafter. This performance...has much to recommend it."
Jan Smaczny - BBC Music Magazine - July 2002

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