Martinů

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano): Czech Songs (Pentatone)

An inventive orchestral song recital, the orchestrations of some of which may provoke unease [JW]

Martinů: Double Concerto (Apex)

Some sound issues, but on a purely artistic level these are pretty compelling performances [TH]

Martinů: String Quartets No. 4, 5, 7 (Naxos )

(Déjà Review) Czech dances never seem to be far away … rollicking and suspense-laden [GH]

Martinu Symphs 3 and 5 Fagen Naxos 8.553350

Martinů: Symphonies Nos 3 & 5 (Naxos)

A good introduction to the symphonies [JF]

Oboe Concertos from Bohemia (Claves)

(Déjà Review) An excellently planned programme [NHo]

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Stravinsky, Bartok & Martinů (BIS)

A puzzling release in which clarity trumps nuance and warmth [JW]

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Martinů: Complete Piano Trios (Naxos)

The Arbors showcase these compelling works with vitality and élan [SG]

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Echoes of Bohemia: Czech Music for Wind (Chandos)

The Orsini Ensemble rises superbly to all the challenges of this colourful and attractive music [GPJ]

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Echoes of Bohemia: Czech Music for Wind (Chandos)

A highly effective disc [JW]

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Rautavaara & Martinů: Piano Concertos (BIS)

This attractive coupling should win new friends for these works [SB]

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Rautavaara & Martinů: Piano Concertos (BIS)

An unusual coupling of concertos in outstanding performances and sound [LW]

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Martinů: Symphonies 3 & 4 (Supraphon)

(Déjà Review) An auspicious launch for the first fresh new Martinů cycle of the new century [RB]

Martinů, Krása, Kalabis: Harpsichord concerti (Hyperion)

A delightful collection of modern concertos for the harpsichord [SB]

Slavic Rhapsody (Brilliant Classics)

This programme of Czech music for strings gives much pleasure [LW]

Harpsichord Concertos (Hyperion)

Communicative powers to the fore, Esfahani breathes life into three Czech harpsichord works [JW]

Martinů: Larmes de couteau (Capriccio)

Martinů’s one-act operas heard in persuasive, lively performances [JW]

Martinů: Cello Sonatas (Pentatone)

A warmly sympathetic duo rates highly in Martinů Cello Sonatas [JW]