Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Volume Two

Bohuslav Martinů: Early Orchestral Works, Volume Two

Martinů’s mature orchestral works are now a mainstay of the repertoire. But the generous quantity of orchestral music he wrote between his late teens and early thirties is as good as unknown; some of it, indeed, has never even been performed. That’s the case with the ballet Stín (‘The Shadow’) from 1916, which has its world premiere in this recording – astonishingly, in view of the quality of the music it contains. Although the action of the ballet is dark – a girl dances with her shadow in the presence of Death – Martinů’s score presents a series of remarkably buoyant and cheery dances.

Dorota Szczepańska, offstage soprano
Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, violin
Agnieszka Kopacka, piano
Sinfonia Varsovia
Ian Hobson, conductor

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Catalogue No: TOCC0249
EAN/UPC: 5060113442499
Release Date: 01.06.2016
Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
Artists: Agnieszka Kopacka, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Dorota Szczepańska, Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Varsovia

Listen To This Recording:

    Stín (‘The Shadow’) — Ballet in One Act, H102 (1916)

  1. Introduction
  2. Song – the girl appears
  3. Girl’s dance
  4. Lento
  5. Allegretto
  6. Moderato (di valse)
  7. Ball game
  8. The ball falls into the water and the girl sees her reflection
  9. The shadow rises from the water and dances
  10. Comodo (Allegro ma non troppo)
  11. Tempo di Menuetto
  12. Trio
  13. Vivace
  14. Allegro
  15. Allegro vivace
  16. Three dark figures appear in the background
  17. The dancing continues, becoming ever faster (Allegro vivace)
  18. The girl collapses exhausted but the shadow dances onwards towards the central dark figure
  19. The song is heard again from afar


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