BOHUSLAV MARTINU (1890-1959): Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 - 7 Czech Dances "Borova", Les ritournelles, Dumkas No. 1 "Contemplation", No. 2 "Elégie" and No. 3, 2 Notes in a Scrapbook, Improvisation, Adagio "In Memoriam", For Dancing, Bagatelle "Morceau facile", Rujana, Barcarolle, 4 mouvements, Prelude No. 1 "on the theme of the Marseillaise", Prelude No. 2 in F Minor, Instructive Duo for the Nervous, Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night, Piece for the Little Evas, Mazurka "Homage to Paderewski", Par T.S.F., Scherzo, Prelude, H. 140, [untitled], H. 141.
Catalogue Number: 01J067
Description: This final volume brings much material that has never been recorded (nine items so claimed) or only rarely so. As a glance at the titles above will tell you, these are short pieces or suites of short pieces, with dates of composition from as early as 1916 (preceding his move to Paris and his jazz period) to 1957 when he was in Rome. Rujana, the Czech name for a German vacation-island in the Baltic, is the longest piece on the disc at 5:23 and also the earliest, a little tone-poem which Martinu called "a sea fantasy". Giorgio Koukl (piano).