Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bohuslav Martinů: "Maxim Rysanov plays Martinů" Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola & Orchestra - Three Madrigals for Violin & Viola - Duo No. 2 for Violin & Viola - Sonata for Viola & Piano - Maxim Rysanov, Viola BBC S.O., Jiri Belohlávek - BIS 2015

This fine Martinů disc was a wise purchase by my father. The "Rhapsody-Concerto" for Viola and Orchestra is his favorite work by one of his favorite (like father like son) Czech composers. It's a late work that practically marks the beginning of his final major stylistical development towards Neo-Romanticism. It's a beautiful work and in the Hands of Jiri Belohlávek with the BBC Symphony Orchestra it receives a knock-out performance. The three other works are duos for viola & violin and viola & piano, respectively. Now I want to go back and listen to my other recordings of these three delights for comparison's sake, however I'm pretty sure that these are the finest performances of all three pieces! Without any doubt if you are a Martinů fan you are in for one hell of a treat! The sound is as outstanding (what one expects from BIS) as the playing from all artists involved. I believe I have posted all four of these works before, so no further comments are really needed.. 




Scraps said...

Ah, I didn't have this one! Thank you thank you thank you. I do have one of Martinů's discs that consisted of many many madrigals (in fact, that was its name, Martinů's Many Many Madrigals) (except it wasn't) (though it should been called that) on Hyperion? i think.

Tzadik said...

Scraps ya welcome welcome welcome. "Martinu's Many Many Madrigals" ha! I quite like that :)
You are correct, it is on Hyperion, and I have it around here somewhere (I believe it's a 2 cd set
with other chamber works as well, probably with members of the Nash Ensemble but I cannot
recall off-hand).


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