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These symphonies are well worth "Czeching" out...,
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This review is from: Martinu: The Six Symphonies [GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2012] (Audio CD)
Initially Martinu's music didn't make much of an impression on me, but this set is a revelation. The symphonies were recorded live during concerts held in the Barbican Hall in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the composer's passing, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra more than rose to the occasion, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, a compatriot of the composer's whose interest in his music has been lifelong. It was this fact that tipped the scales in favour of this set rather than that of the Bamberg SO on Brilliant Classics at a lower price.
The recordings cannot be faulted and this would be my own first choice. If you have an interest in the 20th-century symphonic tradition, I have no hesitation in recommending this set wholeheartedly.