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 Stream
Le Noël, pieces (3) for piano, H. 167
1 01:22 Amazon
2 02:47 Amazon
3 02:47 Amazon
Esquisses (3) on Modern Dances for piano, H. 160
4 01:51 Amazon
5 03:02 Amazon
6 01:20 Amazon
Movements (4) for piano, H. 170
7 02:14 Amazon
8 01:05 Amazon
9 02:43 Amazon
10 01:56 Amazon
11 00:34 Amazon
Children's Pieces (Detské Skladby) (4) for piano, H. 221
12 00:32 Amazon
13 00:36 Amazon
14 00:51 Amazon
15 00:39 Amazon
16 01:11 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:25 Amazon
Julietta (The Key to Dreams), opera, H. 253
19 03:16 Amazon
Window onto the Garden, for piano, H. 270
20 02:18 Amazon
21 02:08 Amazon
22 02:15 Amazon
23 01:37 Amazon
24 02:16 Amazon
25 02:07 Amazon
26 04:02 Amazon
27 03:02 Amazon
28 01:26 Amazon
29 01:40 Amazon
30 00:51 Amazon
Piano Sonata, H. 350
31 05:34 Amazon
32 07:44 Amazon
33 05:20 Amazon
34 03:00 Amazon
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