Martinu: Piano Music (kosarek)

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3937
Format: CD

Martinu: Jeux I & II (H 205, 206) Four Movements (H 170) Film en miniature, H.148 Spring (H 127) The Haunted Train, H. 258 The Fifth Day of the Fifth Moon La Revue de Cuisine Adagio ‘In memoriam’

Martinu’s piano oeuvre comprises more than 200 compositions (some of which were dedicated to the outstanding pianists R. Firkušný and R. Serkin) and has duly been paid great attention to. • However, a number of fascinating miniatures have remained overlooked by performers, with some of them being presented for the very first time on this CD. The minor pieces, often arranged into tiny cycles, are most notable for their playful atmosphere and rhythmic inventiveness. • The first cycle (Jeux I) from the composer’s mature Paris period reflects the huge popularity of jazz at the time, while in another cycle (Film en miniature) the author’s erstwhile enchantment with Impressionism is still evident. • Martinu’s piano version of the jazz ballet The Kitchen Revue, which immediately after its premiere (1927) met with unprecedented acclaim, has been completely overlooked and hitherto unreleased. This composition too can be heard on our CD in premiere.

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