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Martinu Double Concertos

Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

(2 press reviews)
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Bohuslav Martinu’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 Kodama sisters 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. By contrast, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra, performed by the Nemtanu sisters, is a warm, lyrical work in the Romantic tradition. On this release these works join The Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, 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.

This release reunites the Kodama sisters in the studio following their scintillating recording of Tchaikovsky ballet suites for PENTATONE, Tchaikovsky – Ballet Suites for Piano Duo. In a review of a public performance of the Martinu Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, the Ziebline journal wrote “Mari and Momoyo Kodama are extraordinary … The fingers of the Japanese musicians were flying with diabolic ease and finesse: a stunning finale.”       

“It filled us with joy when we received the invitation from PENTATONE to record Martinu’s Double Concerto. In fact, many years ago Lawrence Foster offered us to perform this work for the first time with the Orchestra della fondazione Toscanini, and it is thanks to him that we discovered this piece. The concerto has an Eastern-European imprint – congenial to our own, Romanian roots – both in its marvellous and dance-like joy and in the profound and rustic nature that often characterizes Martinu’s music. More than being just a discovery, this concerto feels almost like a revelation, offering us everything we have searched for since our childhood days in our exploration of the repertoire for two violins: modernity, folklore and passionate writing for the violin.”

Deborah & Sarah Nemtanu

“A blind understanding is very important when performing such an unconventional work together. We sense the right timing together and allow ourselves liberties, but without losing ourselves from view. It was important to us to make Martinu’s music sound not only beautiful or even sterile, but rather wild and powerful. In the end, that was our goal. It has been an exceptional experience to record this magnificent concerto for PENTATONE with Maestro Lawrence Foster who led us through this musical journey.”

Momo & Mari Kodama 


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Concerto No. 2 in D Major for 2 Violins, H. 329 - I. Poco allegro
Concerto No. 2 in D Major for 2 Violins, H. 329 - II. Moderato - III. Allegro con brio - Vivo
Rhapsody-Concerto, H. 337 - I. Moderato
Rhapsody-Concerto, H. 337 - II. Molto adagio - Allegro
Concerto for 2 Pianos, H. 292 - I. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for 2 Pianos, H. 292 - II. Adagio
Concerto for 2 Pianos, H. 292 - III. Allegro

Total time: 01:02:31

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Balance Engineer

Jean-Marie Geijsen

Executive Producer

Job Maarse


Original Recording Format


Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot

Recording location

Friche la Belle de Mai Marseille, 20-30 June 2017

Release DateApril 6, 2018

Press reviews

BBC Music Magazine [Concerto Choice] 5 out of 5

The disc as a whole is another unmissable addition to the Martinu discography.
[Concerto Choice, July 2018]

Norman Lebrecht 4 out of 5

“This jam-packed recording presents three of his (Martinu) most scintillating works. If they don’t convert you to Martinu, nothing will… I have five favourite recordings of the Rhapsody-Concerto – now, make that six…Dammit, the playing is so sexy it hurts… I haven’t enjoyed a record this much in months.”


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