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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magnificent and Innovative Approach, 27 July 2011
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This review is from: Martinu: The Six Symphonies [GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2012] (Audio CD)
I have been a Martinu officionado for many years. Sadly, there are very few recordings of the complete symphony cycle, of which only Blomstedt and an elderly Supraphon recording were of any import. I am sure that the main reason for this is that of nationality, in that few can ever get beyond Dvorak. I am equally sure that this will change because of these superlative performances. Martinu's approach to music was unique. For me, the nearest composer is Bruckner with a hint of Schumannic lyricism. But any similarity ends with Martinu's orchestration which is rich beyond measure; a control of rhythm equal to Beethoven himself; orchestration in which waves gather and grow with smaller waves emanating all around; a philosophic notion equal to Mahler together with soft touching lyrical passages of great beauty.

The conducting is flawless, the playing is flawless, and the whole is an entirely fresh approach which demonstrates the huge talent that Martinu possessed. If you have read this far, I strongly urge you to buy this set - it will stay with you for many years to come.

And furthermore a 'snip' at £14 for the MP3 collection.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2011 12:50:50 GMT
Precession says:
I quite agree with what you say about the Belohlavek set, but Blomstedt has never conducted any Martinů. He was asked if he would do so for his recent Czech PO concert at th beginning of this month, but said that at eighty-five he was too old to start with a composer he had never been involved with before. See: http://www.ceskapozice.cz/en/czech-living/arts-leisure/mix-martinu-%E2%80%93-and-christmas-%E2%80%93-prague?page=0,1

Posted on 26 Jul 2012 19:29:50 BDT
I fully agree with Mr V's comments about Martinů, he must be the most unjustly neglected composer ever, but why does he think that MP3s, at any price, could be a "snip" (unless he's alluding to half the music information being "cut"). Next thing will be publicans selling ale at "snip" prices; with just the flavour taken out. Sorry, they sell that already, it's called lager.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 20:29:36 BDT
Precession says:
I have to agree with WJMacG - as it happens I heard the mp3s first (having attended the concerts themselves) and was disappointed. Then I heard the CDs and realised that in fact Onyx had been very successful in capturing the Barbican sound, more so than other companies who have tried to do this. My experience was some time ago, when the issue first came out, so possibly the company has improved the quality of the mp3s since then - but if not, I would advise strongly, go for the CDs.
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