This series of recordings of Martinů’s early orchestral works has already brought more than its fair share of surprises. The two shorter works here are colourful and atmospheric tone-poems, pieces of real substance and major discoveries in their own right. But it is the 1922 symphonic triptych Vanishing Midnight (Míjející půlnoc in the original Czech) – here receiving its first recording – which will prove the real revelation. A big-hearted work of breathtaking opulence and striking confidence, Vanishing Midnight is as exquisitely lovely as it is powerful and dramatic – Martinů’s first true masterpiece.
Sinfonia Varsovia Agnieszka Kopacka, piano (Track 5) Ian Hobson, conductor
Ballade (after Böcklin’s picture Villa by the Sea) (c. 1915)* https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0414/Track04.mp3
Dream of the Past (1920) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0414/Track05.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0414EAN/UPC: 5060113444141Release Date: 01.01.2018Composer: Bohuslav Martinů Artists: Agnieszka Kopacka, Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia
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