There isn't exactly a ton of great repertoire for the theremin. Indeed, aside from the "Turangalila" Symphony by Messiaen, a bit of Radiohead, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, most listeners would be hard pressed to name any pieces written for the electronic instrument once pithily described as "that woo-woo machine." But imo the best piece of chamber music for the instrument is surely Bohuslav Martinu's obscure "Phantasie for Theremin, oboe, string quartet, and piano". The theremin can often sound "spacey" (as in the cosmos) and almost always strange; here however it is seamlessly and masterfully incorporated, at times almost sounding more like a recorder, to these ears anyhow. Written by the expatriot Czech composer in 1944 for renowned theremin virtuoso Lucie Bigelow Rosen, Martinu's Phantasie expertly integrates the instrument into a classical ensemble by using the plangent tone of the oboe as the glue to hold the work together. This is quite the soulful performance with the theremin player Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, the Stamitz-Quartet, oboist Lajos Lencses, and pianist Helena Sucharova. One of Martinu's most delightful chamber works I think!
Unfortunately I have to run to work, and thus I have no time to comment on the rest of this recording
for now... I do hope everyone enjoys...