Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)

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01A Creative Identity20071022

Born in the watchtower overlooking the small town Policka on the Bohemian-Moravian border, Bohuslav Martinu readily acknowledged that his unusual birthplace formed a significant influence on his music.

Presented by Donald Macleod.

The Opening of the Wells (excerpts)

Petr Messiereur, Jan Kvapil (violin)

Jan Talich (viola)

Stanislav Bogunia (piano)

Kühn Mixed Chorus

A Memory; Footsteps in the Snow (Nipponari, Nos 3 and 5)

Dagmar Pickova (soprano)

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohavek (conductor)

Obrocák (Borová)

Radoslav Kvapil (piano)

Duo concertante for two violins and orchestra, H264

Bohuslav Matousek, Régis Pasquiér (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

La revue de cuisine

Sinfonia Lahti Chamber Ensemble.

02In Search Of Western Culture20071023

Once he'd moved to Paris, Martinu revelled in the literary possibilities the French capital offered, and soon turned this fascination into several theatrical projects. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Dance of the Hare (Suite from the ballet Spalicek)

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

The devil's dance with Mariken (Hry o Marii)

Prague Radio Chorus

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Julietta (excerpt, Act 2)

Maria Tauberova (soprano)

Michel Ivo Zidek (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of the National Theatre, Prague

Jaroslav Krombholc (conductor)

Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

His sister a poisoner (A Bouquet of Flowers)

Libuse Domanenska (soprano)

Lubomir Havlak (tenor)

Czech Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Karel Ancerl (conductor)

03Occupied France2007102420090930

Donald Macleod considers the effect the German occupation of Martinu's birthland, and later his chosen home in Paris, had on the composer.

Concerto for harpsichord and small orchestra (1st mvt)

Zuzana Ruzikova (harpsichord)

Josef Palenicek (piano)

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

Vaclav Neumann (conductor)

Supraphon SU 3622-2-031 CD1 Tr 4

String Quartet No 2

Martinu Quartet

Lubomir Havlak, Petr Macecik (violins)

Jan Jisa (viola)

Jitka Vlasankova (cello)

Naxos 8.553782 CD1 Trs 5-7

The Field Mass

Ivan Kusnjer (baritone)

Miroslav Kejmar (trumpet)

Czech Philharmonic Choir (male voices)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Chandos Chan 9138 CD1 Tr 2.

The effect the German occupation of Martinu's birthland and his home, Paris, had on him.

04America *2007102520091001

When Martinu arrived in New York in 1941, he was a composer who was far better known in Europe. Donald Macleod assesses how Martinu set about establishing his reputation in the United States.

Sinfonietta Giocosa (Poco allegro)

Julian Jacobson (piano)

Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Tamas Vasary (conductor)

Chandos Chan 8859, CD1 Tr 1

First Symphony

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Bryden Thomson (conductor)

Chandos Chan 10316 (boxset), CD1 Trs 1-4

Memorial to Lidice

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Chandos Chan 9138, CD1 Tr 1.

Martinu arrived in New York in 1941 and set about establishing his reputation in America.

When Martinu arrived in New York in 1941, he was a composer who was far better known in Europe. Donald Macleod assesses how Martinu set about establishing his reputation in the States.

05A Czech In Exile20071101
05 LASTA Czech In Exile20071026

The Second World War and politics both played parts in preventing Martinu's return to Czechoslovakia.

Donald Macleod looks at the events which contributed to Martinu's chosen exile and assesses how they affected his music.

A comedy on the bridge (excerpt)

Jarmila Kratka (soprano)

Richard Novak (bass)

Brno Janacek Opera Orchestra

Frantisek Jilek (conductor)

The Greek Passion (Act 3, Sc 1-3)

Rita Cullis, Helen Field, Catherine Savory (soprano)

John Mitchinson, Arthur Davis (tenor)

John Tomlinson (bass)

Czech Philharmonic Choir

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Gilgamesh (Part 1)

Ivan Kusnjer (baritone)

Ludek Vele (bass)

Eva Depoltova (soprano)

Stefan Margita (tenor)

Milan Karpisek (spoken word)

Slovak Philharmonic Choir

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Zdenek Kosler (conductor)

String Quartet No 5 (2nd mvt, Adagio)

Stamitz Quartet.