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Martinù: What Men Live By - Symphony No. 1


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Jirí Belohlávek (1946–2017) was an important worldwide ambassador of Bohuslav Martinu’s music. For the Supraphon label alone he recorded nearly forty of Martinu’s symphonic compositions, concertos, and stage works, and many of these were world premiere recordings. Despite large-scale plans, this recording also represents both the highpoint and the conclusion of Belohlávek’s noteworthy discography of Martinu’s works. The premiere recording of the opera-pastoral What Men Live By was made from three concert performances in December 2014. Martinu composed it to his own libretto in America at the turn of 1951–52, and he had a clear idea concerning its performance: “It must not be played ‘pathetically’, but joyfully... The text strongly tempts one to come up with a very serious, ‘deep’ conception, but that is not what I had in mind. To me, it is a rather joyful work, and what the listener must feel is not some sort of religious moral (lesson), but instead joy. The moral is in fact in the joy.” This recording of the Symphony No. 1 was made in January 2016, and it joins the earlier releases of Symphonies Nos. 3–6. It was part of a planned but unfortunately unfinished complete set of Martinu’s late orchestral works. Belohlávek’s tenure with the Czech Philharmonic during the last five years of his life was a very happy time for both parties, and it led to the development of new qualities in the orchestra’s sound. This recording shall endure as living proof of what was a very special constellation of humanity and artistry.
Facts
Item number SU4233-2
Barcode 099925423322
Release date 10/19/2018
Category Classical Music
Label SUPRAPHON
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Svoboda, Petr
Špacek, Josef
Martiník, Jan
Kusnjer, Ivan
Conductor Belohlávek, Jirí
Orchestra Tschechische Philharmonie
Disc: 1
What Men Live By, H. 33600:40:00
1 Overture 00:00:59 Marecek, Lukáš Pavlu, Ester Svoboda, Petr Martinu Voices Špacek, Josef Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Martiník, Jan Tschechische Philharmonie Brezina, Jaroslav Belohlávek, Jirí Kusnjer, Ivan
2 Scene 1: In a certain town there lived an old man 00:02:46 Kusnjer, Ivan Belohlávek, Jirí Brezina, Jaroslav Tschechische Philharmonie Martiník, Jan Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Špacek, Josef Martinu Voices Svoboda, Petr Pavlu, Ester Marecek, Lukáš
3 Scene 2: His wife and his child had died 00:07:33 Kusnjer, Ivan Belohlávek, Jirí Brezina, Jaroslav Tschechische Philharmonie Martiník, Jan Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Špacek, Josef Martinu Voices Svoboda, Petr Pavlu, Ester Marecek, Lukáš
4 Scene 3: The morning, Avdeitch rose before dayligh 00:08:11 Kusnjer, Ivan Belohlávek, Jirí Brezina, Jaroslav Tschechische Philharmonie Martiník, Jan Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Špacek, Josef Martinu Voices Svoboda, Petr Pavlu, Ester Marecek, Lukáš
5 Scene 4: My Dear, I say, my dear 00:06:49 Kusnjer, Ivan Belohlávek, Jirí Brezina, Jaroslav Tschechische Philharmonie Martiník, Jan Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Špacek, Josef Martinu Voices Svoboda, Petr Pavlu, Ester Marecek, Lukáš
6 Scene 5: Let him go! 00:12:43 Kusnjer, Ivan Belohlávek, Jirí Brezina, Jaroslav Tschechische Philharmonie Martiník, Jan Silkenova, Lucie Fiser Špacek, Josef Martinu Voices Svoboda, Petr Pavlu, Ester Marecek, Lukáš
Symphony No. 1, H. 28900:37:00
7 I. Moderato 00:10:01 Belohlávek, Jirí Tschechische Philharmonie
8 II. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio: Poco moderato 00:07:32 Belohlávek, Jirí Tschechische Philharmonie
9 III. Largo 00:09:48 Belohlávek, Jirí Tschechische Philharmonie
10 IV. Allegro non troppo 00:09:30 Belohlávek, Jirí Tschechische Philharmonie
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