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MARTINU Double Concertos for Violin and Piano. Deborah & Sarah Nemtanu, Magali Demesse, Mari & Momo Kodama, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille / Lawrence Foster. Pentatone Classics SACD

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Martinu Double Concertos For Violin And Piano Pentatone Classics Sacd

MARTINU
Double Concertos for Violin and Piano


Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra H. 329 (1950)
1 Poco allegro 7.23
2 Moderato – Allegro con brio – Vivo (Presto)
Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra H. 337 (1952) 10.46
3 Moderato 9.16
4 Molto Adagio – Allegro – Andante
Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra H. 292 (1943) 10.44
5 Allegro non troppo 6.34
6 Adagio 10.04
7 Allegro 7.44

Deborah & Sarah Nemtanu, Magali Demesse, Mari & Momo Kodama, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille / Lawrence Foster

This release reunites the Kodama sisters in the studio following their scintillating recording of Tchaikovsky ballet suites for PENTATONE. In a review of a public performance of the Martinu Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, the Ziebline journal wrote “Mari and Momoyo Kodama are extraordinary ... The fingers of the Japanese musicians were flying with with diabolic ease and finesse: a stunning finale.”

‘A slice of heaven’ – concertante works by Bohuslav Martinu Bohuslav Martinu’s distinctive musical voice, which infuses the great Czech tradition with modern idioms, is showcased in this captivating survey of his concertante works, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille conducted by Lawrence
Foster.

The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is a lively and rhythmic tour de force. Breezily energetic and relentless, it is full of jazzy inflections and high speed fireworks, pausing only in the tranquillity of the slow movement for moments of serene calm. By contrast, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra is a warm, lyrical work in the Romantic tradition. With its intricate and interweaving solo lines, expansive melodies and dance-like syncopations it’s an engaging work of considerable charm which deserves a wider audience. The Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra is a dreamily nostalgic work whose simple melodies,
radiant lyricism and soaring viola line make it one of the 20th century’s most performed viola concertos.

Pentatone Classics SACD PTC5186658

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