BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890-1959): The Legend of the Smoke from Potato Tops for Soprano, Contralto, Baritone, Mixed Chorus, Recorder, Clarinet, Horn, Accordion and Piano, H 360, The Opening of the Springs for Narrator, Soprano, Contralto, Baritone, Female Chorus, 2 Violins, Viola and Piano, H 334, Romance of the Dandelions for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Chorus and Drumming on Chair, H 364, Mikeš of the Mountains for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Chorus, 2 Violins, Viola and Piano, H 375.

Catalogue Number: 01S027

Label: Supraphon

Reference: SU 4198-2

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: For Martinu specialists: this new recording is the first to use the new critical edition of these late cantatas from 1955-59 which clean up some errors and incorporate instructions by the composer which were left out of the posthumously published three (only Dandelions was published while Martinů was alive). The main difference otherwise with the last Supraphon recording of the works, by Pavel Kühn in 1988, is that these are smoother, more art-music-like in sound and performance than Kühn’s bracing, more folk-like rusticity. Czech-English texts. Pavla Vykopalová (soprano), Ludmila Kromková (contralto), Martin Slavík (tenor), Jiří Brückler, Petr Svoboda (baritone), Members of the Bennewitz Quartet, Ivo Kahánek (piano) and other artists, Prague Philharmonic Choir; Lukáš Vasilek.

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