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MARTINU, B.: La revue de cuisine / Harpsichord Concerto / Musique de chambre No. 1 / Les rondes (Hill, Holst Sinfonietta, Simon)

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release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Holst Sinfonietta

Simon, Klaus

Klaus Simon



Schlossbergsaal, SWR-Studio, Freiburg, Germany

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 75:00
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MARTINU, B.: La revue de cuisine / Harpsichord Concerto / Musique de chambre No. 1 / Les rondes (Hill, Holst Sinfonietta, Simon)

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Harpsichord Concerto, H. 246

1 I. Poco allegro 6:48
 Simon, Klaus
2 II. Adagio 5:06
 Simon, Klaus
3 III. Allegretto 6:46
 Simon, Klaus

Musique de chambre No. 1, H. 376

4 I. Allegretto moderato 7:18
 Simon, Klaus
5 II. Andante moderato 6:42
 Simon, Klaus
6 III. Poco allegro 6:03
 Simon, Klaus

Les rondes, H. 200

7 I. Poco allegro 1:06
8 II. Poco andantino 3:13
9 III. Allegro 2:00
10 IV. Tempo di valse 2:19
11 V. Andantino 4:27
12 VI. Allegro vivo 2:30

La revue de cuisine, H. 161

13 Prologue: Allegretto 0:37
 Simon, Klaus
14 Introduction: Tempo di marche 1:21
 Simon, Klaus
15 Danse du moulinet autour du chaudron: Poco meno 2:06
 Simon, Klaus
16 Danse du chaudron et du couvercle: Allegro 0:49
 Simon, Klaus
17 Tango (Danse d'amour): Lento 4:44
 Simon, Klaus
18 Duel: Poco a poco allegro. Tempo di charleston 3:12
 Simon, Klaus
19 Entr'acte (Lamentation du chaudron): Allegro moderato 0:55
 Simon, Klaus
20 Marche funebre: Adagio 3:20
 Simon, Klaus
21 Danse radieuse: Tempo di marche 0:23
 Simon, Klaus
22 Fin du drame: Allegretto 3:15
 Simon, Klaus
 Klaus Simon Conductor

Ranging from 1927 to 1959, the year of Martinu’s death, these four works reveal his unceasing versatility in chamber repertoire. La revue de cuisine, heard here in a recent reconstruction of the original complete score, is a supreme example of Martinu’s jazz style. In Les rondes he evokes his Moravian folk heritage. The Harpsichord Concerto is resourcefully scored and brilliantly crafted, whilst Chamber Music No 1 (‘Les fêtes nocturnes’), one of his last works, sees no cessation of his invention nor of his delight in atmospheric colour.

"...There are other recordings of these pieces, but superb performances and a bargain price put this disc at the top of the list..."

Bob McQuiston - Classical Lost and Found - July 2012

                     Artistic Quality   9         Sound Quality 9

"All of this music has been recorded before, and quite well, but these performances rank with the best by and large. Conductor Klaus Simon paces each piece just about perfectly, and the members of the Holst-Sinfonietta lend their considerable virtuosity to Martinu’s consistently inventive writing. One attraction seriously worth considering is the fact that this disc contains the recently re-discovered complete version of the ballet La revue de cuisine. There’s not a lot more to add, only about six minutes in all ...but it’s such a fun piece that every extra minute is worth having ...this is a mostly terrific disc of totally terrific music.

David Hurwitz - - July 2012

"...The performances here are first rate as is the vibrant recorded sound. The instrumentalists all receive due recognition in the notes and it would be churlish of me to single out any one of them — such is the excellence of the ensemble. Furthermore, Klaus Simon clearly has the measure of Martinu’s music. This generously filled disc will appeal to all lovers of Martinu’s music. I look forward to hearing more from this ensemble in other music as well."

Leslie Wright - - 22 August 2012

"...Well worth exploration."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - - 17 August 2012

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