Erik Entwistle

Martinu: Piano Works

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Largely unrecorded and seldom performed, despite their obvious appeal and accessibility, the piano pieces of Bohuslav Martinu have at last found a champion in pianist Erik Entwistle. This noted proponent of Czech music has delved into Martinu's cache of album leaves, short character studies, and quick sketches, and found sufficient value and charm in them to produce a comprehensive CD -- one that lasts for nearly 80 minutes. Yet these miniatures are too similar in their light tone, salon prettiness, and peppy tunefulness, and lose much of their allure when presented together. The more substantial and interesting works, such as the dance parodies in Esquisses (3), the pensive movements of Fenêtre sur le jardin, and the comparatively expansive and almost fully developed Sonata No. 1, are practically overwhelmed by the steady flow of Martinu's slighter occasional pieces and tossed-off squibs. A little more selectivity and the inclusion of more significant works would have balanced the program more effectively, and Entwistle's enthusiasm for the music -- apparent in every piece -- would not be called into question because of his lack of discrimination. Even so, his performances are attractive and expressive, and if the disc is heard in small samples, it is less likely to induce aural fatigue. Summit's sound quality is fine.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Le Noël, pieces (3) for piano, H. 167
1
1:22
2
2:47
3
2:47
Esquisses (3) on Modern Dances for piano, H. 160
4
1:51
5
3:02
6
1:20
Movements (4) for piano, H. 170
7
2:14
8
1:05
9
2:43
10
1:56
11
0:34
Children's Pieces (Detské Skladby) (4) for piano, H. 221
12
0:32
13
0:36
14
0:51
15
0:39
16
1:11
17
2:38
18
2:25
Julietta (The Key to Dreams), opera, H. 253
19
3:16
Window onto the Garden, for piano, H. 270
20
2:18
21
2:08
22
2:15
23
1:37
24
2:16
25
2:07
26
4:02
27
3:02
28
1:26
29
1:40
30
0:51
Piano Sonata, H. 350
31
5:34
32
7:44
33
5:20
34
3:00
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