MARTINU: Violin Concerto No. 2 H293

Serenade No. 2 or Two Violins & Viola, H216 (1932), Toccata e Due Canzoni H311 (1947)

1 CD - harmonia mundi HMA1951951
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Isabelle Faust, Prague Philharmonia, Jirí Belohlávek
original title: Martinu: Violin Concerto / Isabelle Faust
collection: Musique d'abord

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  • Commentators have so often confined themselves to describing Martinu's music in terms of multiple influences – French music, the 18th-century concerto grosso – that they have tended to forget his own strong personality and his perfect assimilation of Baroque style. The three works presented on this recording display the Czech composer's endless creativity within the framework of a vivid concertante language.

    CD Review Disc of the Week

    "Jirí Belohlávek conducts with fiery commitment, and there's super-sensuous playing from the Prague Philharmonia. Isabelle Faust is the expressive soloist in the Second Violin Concerto, while Cédric Tiberghien plays Toccata e Due Canzoni with bags of charm."
    Tim Ashley, June 13, 2008, The Guardian

    “The present recording is a near-ideal interpretation of the work. From her very first entry, Isabelle Faust shows a strong feeling for the work’s dramatic ebb and flow, and in the supremely beautiful slow movement achieves heights of eloquence.(…) As in the Concerto, Bělohlávek produces readings that have an exemplary lyricism, reaching a high point in the first Canzona. Excellently recorded, this is an issue to treasure.” Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine, July 08

    "music and performance spotlight the splendid engineering that is an unobtrusive delight of this excellent disc. Recommended.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

  • Isabelle Faust
    Prague Philharmonia
    Jirí Belohlávek

    Isabelle Faust [violin]
    Cédric Tiberghien [piano]
    Prague Philharmonia
    Jirí Belohlávek
  • 1 CD - 1h 2mn 54s
    upc/ean. 3149020195130
    ref. HMA1951951
    release date. 2016-12-02

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