BOHUSLAV MARTINU (1890-1959): Spalícek - Ballet with Singing in 3 Acts, The Spectre's Bride for Tenor, Bass, Chorus and Orchestra, The Romance of the Dandelions for Soprano and Chorus, The Primrose for Female Voices, Violin and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 03J012
Reference: SU 3925-2
Description: The only available recording of this 97-minute ballet is now reissued at mid-price. Begun in 1931, its final form dates from 1940. Martinu described it as a "ballet of popular plays, customs and fairy-tales" and it represents an early example of the composer's use of native Czech musical idioms in his Parisian neo-classical style. The Dandelion Romance (1957) and the Moravian folk-song duets of Primrose (1954) are later examples of the same longing for the homeland which Martinu never saw again after 1938. 2 CDs. Czech-English texts. Anna Kratochvílová, Jirina Marková, Milada Cejková (sopranos), Miroslav Kopp (tenor), Pavel Horácek, Richard Novák (basses), Kantiléna Children's Chorus, Kühn Female Chorus, Kühn Mixed Chorus, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra; Frantisek Jílek, Prague Symphony Orchestra; Jirí Belohlávek. Original 1991 Supraphon release.