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1943, Darien, USA © Bohuslav Martinu Centre in Policka
1943, Darien, USA
© Bohuslav Martinu Centre in Policka
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Year of birth1890
Year of death1959
NationalityCzech Republic
Period20th century
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CologneSymphony Concert 8

Rautavaara, Martinů, Dvořák
Gürzenich Orchestra; Pietari Inkinen; Carolin Widmann

PragueMartinů, Schoenberg

Martinů, Schoenberg
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Dame Mitsuko Uchida

ParisFontaine et Pins de Rome

Boulez, Martinů, Respighi
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Sol Gabetta; Jérémie Maillard; Pauline Bartissol; Marion Gailland

ZürichOrchestral Magic 6

Smetana, Martinů, Dvořák
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; Krzysztof Urbański; Sol Gabetta

TokyoSuntory Hall Chamber Music Garden: Opening Night

Suntory Hall Chamber Music Garden: Opening Night
Beethoven, Martinů, Sakai, Dvořák
Mami Hagiwara; Tatsuki Narita; Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi

AldeburghOrsino Ensemble

Janáček, Britten, Holt, Martinů
Alec Frank-Gemmill; Adam Walker; Nicholas Daniel; Matthew Hunt; James Burke

LondonLife out of death

Life out of death
Klein, Schulhoff, Martinů, Janáček
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Borodin String Quartet

LondonDancing on the edge

Dancing on the edge
Enescu, Dusapin, Martinů, Ravel
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Viktoria Mullova; Matthew Barley
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Ticciati revisits former glories with his SCO team

Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Is there any instrument more bittersweet than the viola? The violin does the acrobatics, the cello is more conventionally beautiful, but the viola sits in the middle of the orchestral palette like no other instrument. Neither high nor low, it’s perfectly placed to embody the contradictory and the conflicted, ideal for a sense of desire denied or of fulfilment deferred.
****1
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Top notch musicianship from the Schubert Ensemble

Schubert Ensemble © John Clark
Top notch musicianship from the Schubert Ensemble in their final appearance at King’s Place. 
*****
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A native son returns triumphant to Prague

Tomáš Netopil © Divisek
Conductor Tomáš Netopil combines the best of two worlds at the Dvořákʼs Prague festival.
****1
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Raising Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
The effervescent conductor took six little-known Czech works into another ether: one in which the footprints are invisible.
*****
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Scottis Ballet in NY

Sophie Martin and Victor Zarallo in Bryan Arias' Motion of Displacement © Andy Ross
It was a successful program that showed off the considerable range of a talented and charming troupe.
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“More Light! More Light!”

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony wrap up their two-year Beethoven cycle with a new perspective on the Fifth, by way of Bohuslav Martinů and a thrilling Bartók Second Piano Concerto featuring Bertrand Chamayou.
****1
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Mercurial Debussy from Capuçon and Braley

Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Frank Braley are artists I have previously admired in many chamber ensemble concerts, but their recital at Kings Place was the first time I heard them as a duo.
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In Prague, a rousing revival of an ancient story

The Epic of Gilgamesh © Petra Hajská
The Czech Philharmonic brings The Epic of Gilgamesh to life with audacity and flair.
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