Mari & Momo Kodama, Deborah & Sarah Nemtanu – Martinu: Double Concertos for Violin & Piano (2018)
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Bohuslav Martinů’s distinctive musical voice, which infuses the great Czech tradition with modern idioms, is showcased in this captivating survey of his concertante works, performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille conducted by Lawrence Foster. The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is a lively and rhythmic tour de force. Breezily energetic and relentless, it is full of jazzy inflections and high speed fireworks, pausing only in the tranquillity of the slow movement for moments of serene calm. By contrast, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra is a warm, lyrical work in the Romantic tradition. With its intricate and interweaving solo lines, expansive melodies and dance-like syncopations it’s an engaging work of considerable charm which deserves a wider audience. The Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra is a dreamily nostalgic work whose simple melodies, radiant lyricism and soaring viola line make it one of the 20th century’s most performed viola concertos.
Bohuslav Martinu took naturally to the double-concerto format, with its various possibilities for exchange between the soloists, and he wrote quite a few of them. There are various recordings of the works recorded here, with the aptly titled Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra probably the most popular of the three. But the grouping here, with established duos in the two double concertos, is unique. All three of the concertos date from Martinu’s American period, with the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra the earliest one, from 1943. Naturally enough, this work is the edgiest, and it gets a high level of tension from pianists Mari and Momo Kodama. The other two works are richly lyrical within a neoclassic framework, an attractive combination. Sample the opening movement of the Concerto No. 2 for two violins and orchestra, H. 329, performed by the somewhat lesser-known Romanian-French sister duo of Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu, who add humor in unexpected places and have an apparent sibling rapport. The Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille has a lively alertness to what the soloists are doing, and the end result is a strong recording of works by this composer whose recorded catalog is still rather sparse.
01. Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra H329 – Poco allegro
02. Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra H329 – Moderato – Allegro con brio – Vivo (Presto)
03. Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra H337 – Moderato
04. Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra H337 – Molto adagio – Allegro – Andante
05. Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra H292 – Allegro non troppo
06. Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra H292 – Adagio
07. Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra H292 – Allegro
Deborah Nemtanu – violin (Concerto in D major for two violins and orchestra H329)
Sarah Nemtanu – violin (Concerto in D major for two violins and orchestra H329)
Magali Demesse – viola (Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra)
Momo Kodama – piano (Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292)
Mari Kodama – piano (Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille – Conducted by Lawrence Foster
Recorded on June 20-30, 2017 at Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France.