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Martinu: Works for Violins and Orchestra
Bohuslav Martinu, Marcello Viotti, Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Martinu: Works for Violins and Orchestra
Genre: Classical
 
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"Simplicity without banality, wit that avoids parody, charm that doesn't cloy, and forms that offer clarity without stiffness: these are the hallmarks of the classical style. Composers either have it or they don't, and it ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bohuslav Martinu, Marcello Viotti, Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Title: Martinu: Works for Violins and Orchestra
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Label: Arte Nova Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 8/9/2005
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 723721138257

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"Simplicity without banality, wit that avoids parody, charm that doesn't cloy, and forms that offer clarity without stiffness: these are the hallmarks of the classical style. Composers either have it or they don't, and it doesn't matter one bit if we're talking about Mozart and Haydn, or as here, Martinu. He had it in spades! Take the marvelous Concerto for Two Violins of 1950: if the slow movement doesn't crystallize all that's most appealing in a "classical style"--the tunefulness, elegance, sweetness, and sophistication--then we must reconsider the meaning of the term. There's even a delicious formal surprise, when the same movement's principal theme, speeded up, does double-duty for the finale. The Duo Concertante for two violins and orchestra dates back to Martinu's "Paris" period (the late 1920s and 1930s), and ranks with such masterpieces as the Concerto Grosso, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Concerto for String Quartet, and Sinfonia concertante. It has the same spiky harmonies and motor rhythms, and together with the Concerto for Two Violins constitutes the most important body of work for violin duo since the double concerto of Bach. These are marvelous works, in short, finely played by both soloists and particularly well conducted Marcello Viotti, who has Martinu's syncopated rhythmic style firmly in hand...All in all, this disc must be counted one of the gems of the Arte Nova catalog." (9/8 rating!) CLASSICS TODAY

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