℗ 2009 Chandos
 

Martinů: Chamber Works: Piano Quartet - Oboe Quartet - Duo No. 2 - Piano Trio No. 3

George Caird, Schubert Ensemble

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"... the performances are lively and confident ... kudos to oboist George Caird for his unfailingly sweet tone and ability to blend well with his colleagues ... offers plenty of fun and enjoyment."
- ClassicsToday.com

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Piano Quartet, H 287  
1
I. Poco Allegro
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
6:23
2
II. Adagio
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
9:10
3
III. Allegretto poco moderato
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
8:13
Oboe Quartet, H. 315  
4
I. Moderato poco allegro
Bohuslav Martinů; George Caird; Schubert Ensemble
5:02
5
II. Adagio - Andante - III. Poco allegro
Bohuslav Martinů; George Caird; Schubert Ensemble
6:49
Duo No. 2 in D Major, H. 371  
6
I. Allegretto
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
3:01
7
II. Adagio
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
4:36
8
III. Poco allegro
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
3:22
Piano Trio No. 3 in C Major, H. 332  
9
I. Allegro moderato
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
7:06
10
II. Andante
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
5:34
11
III. Allegro
Bohuslav Martinů; Schubert Ensemble
6:46
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:02
"... a stunner, and not just for the terrific playing and profound understanding of the Martinů muse that the Schubert Ensemble brings to the table, but because of the selection of music itself."
- Fanfare

"Four Stars ... the Schubert Ensemble responds superbly to the Piano Quartet and the Trio with a clear sense of involvement in Martinů’s musical language and their performances of the slow movements are particularly memorable."
- BBC Music Magazine

Commemorating 50 years since Martinů’s death, the Schubert Ensemble together with guest oboist George Caird perform a varied programme by this prolific Czech composer who spent much of his life in exile. The recording illustrates both his versatility and his fantastically colourful musical language and culminates in the exhilarating Piano Quartet, considered one of Martinů’s finest chamber compositions from his American years.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM –  Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk; 19 – 21 January 2009
Recording producer: Jeremy Hayes
Sound engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover: ‘Close-up of fibre optic cable with colourful light rays’, photograph by Christopher Stevenson
Back cover: Photograph of the Schubert Ensemble by John Clark
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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