Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Martinů: Symphonies Nos 5 & 6

Catalogue Number: SU 4007-2
Published: 23rd October 2009
Genre: Symphony
Format: 1 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • Classic FM Gramophone Award - nomination (2010)
Bohuslav Martinů - Symphony No. 5 (H 310), Fantaisies Symphoniques (Symphony No. 6, H 343)

The Czech Philharmonic, dirigent Jiří Bělohlávek

Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic follow up their critically acclaimed 2005 album of Martinů's Symphonies Nos 3 and 4 (SU 3631-2), which was nominated for a Grammy award and hailed by critics as a recording par excellence of these works. This eagerly awaited CD, the second in a planned complete set, presents the composer's last two symphonies, both written during his post-war sojourn in America. Symphony No. 5 was finished in 1946 and reflects Martinů's doubt and disenchantment over developments in Czechoslovakia, the homeland to which he would never return. His last symphony, dedicated to his friend Charles Munch, then conductor of the Boston Symphony, was written during the years 1951-53. The wide-ranging and colorful orchestration of the "Symphonic Fantasies," as Martinů himself titled it, marked a return to the symphonism and traditions of the late-Romantic music of the late 19th/early 20th centuries. On this album, Jiří Bělohlávek leads the Czech Philharmonic in a tribute to a composer on whose works he has been focusing for decades.

The long-awaited continuation of the Martinů symphonies with Jiří Bělohlávek andthe Czech Philharmonic
Bohuslav Martinů
Symphony No. 5, H. 310
1. Adagio - Allegro 08:37
2. Larghetto 09:25
3. Lento. Allegro 11:48
Bohuslav Martinů
Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6), H. 343
4. Lento. Allegro 09:32
5. Poco allegro 08:13
6. Lento 10:52