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Although the orchestral works of Bohuslav Martinů are extremely seductive and skilfully written, they've remained rather confidential. Much of this neglect is due to the composer's fate, a typical 20th century exile from wars, political and artistic upheavals. Walter Weller, however, the prestigious conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra, is fondly attached to this Czech music that accompanied him throughout his youth years in Vienna. He's now conducting an exploration of the master's work, be presented in three chapters: one key work of Martin's American period (the 4th Symphony, created in 1945 by Eugene Ormandy), a late masterpiece (the very Debussy-like Estampes) and The Departure, a symphonic page written in Paris and which power and dazzling orchestration reminds us of Honegger's famous Pacific 2.3.1. The musicological note is by Harry Halbreich, the absolute authority on Martinů, whose works he catalogued. This record is an absolute must for lovers of the great symphonic repertoire !

Exceptional SCHERZO award 5 Diapason award 4 étoiles Monde de la Musique award