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The second issue of this year's Martinů Revue was published!

The new issue of the Martinů Revue is hot off the press! Within its pages, another early Martinů ballet receives attention - this time Istar, H 130, completed 100 years ago this year. We celebrate some notable birthdays (Gregory Terian, Michael Crump, Michael Beckerman) as well as the launch of the latest volume in the Complete Edition, featuring Martinů's last two piano concertos. Cellist Petr Nouzovský looks back on the experience of recording all Martinů's works for his instrument, and we remember the oustanding contribution made by Václav Nosek in promoting some of Martinů's most obscure stage works.
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Photo project Martinů in America, part of the Czenglishman in New York exhibition, is available online

The exhibition Czenglishman in New York is open for the whole summer in Czech Center New York. The exhibition was put together by the Center in close cooperation with the Bohuslav Martinů Institute in Prague as part of the program cycle 2021: The Year of Martinů in America. It captures an important American period in the composer’s life (from 1941 to 1953 and briefly in 1956). An integral part of the exhibition is a special photo project entitled Martinů in America, put together by New York-based Czech photographer Kateřina Dvořáková Manková in the Spring of 2021. The photo project is available online too.
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Ariadne is the tenth volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition. The opera’s score was launched during Smetana’s Litomyšl

The Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition – an ambitious project of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, prepared by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute and published by Bärenreiter – continues its successful run with the tenth volume, the opera Ariadne. The launch of the publication was celebrated at Nové Hrady Castle on 30 June, in anticipation of the pre-premiere of Thrice Ariadne, a performance that encompasses three musical settings of the ancient myth, by Monteverdi, Benda, and – of course – Martinů.
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Harry Halbreich passed away five years ago

Five years ago, on 27 June 2016, the eminent Belgian expert on Czech music, musicologist Harry Halbreich, passed away after a long and difficult illness. He created the Bohuslav Martinů catalogue, comparable to the Köchel catalogue of W. A. Mozart's works. The catalogue was published in its second version in 2007 and became a synonym for reseach in Bohuslav Martinů's works across the entire world.
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Students of Janáček Academy performed The Voice of the Forest and Comedy on the Bridge

Opera performance students of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno performed two one-act operas by Bohuslav Martinů. Premieres were given to empty halls due to the pandemic restrictions. Videorecording is available on YouTube channel of the Academy until the end of June.
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Conductor and dramaturge Václav Nosek would celebrate his 100th birthday

Conductor and dramaturge Václav Nosek would celebrate his 100th birthday
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Just released: new book "Hrůša on Martinů"

Just released: new book "Hrůša on Martinů"
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The new Martinů Revue 3/2020 was just released

The last issue of the Martinů Revue of the 2020 was just released. You can find there an interview with Frank Peter Zimmerman and Jakub Hrůša about their new CD with Violin Concertos by Martinů, and a portrait of musicologist Jaroslav Mihule, who celebrated his 90th birthday recently.
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Martinů and Novák among the Top 10 recordings of 2020

David Hurwitz, the chief editor of ClassicsToday, published his Top10 recordings of the 2020 and the CD with Bouquet of Flowers by Martinů and the Philharmonic Dances by Jan Novák is among them!
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Just released: New CD with Martinů Violin Concertos by Frank Peter Zimmerman, Jakub Hrůša and Bamberger Symphoniker

New CD with Violin Concertos by Martinů played by Frank Peter Zimmerman was just released by BIS Records. On the recording, Zimmerman is accompanied by Jakub Hrůša and the Bamberger Symphoniker. The disc closes with a central work in the twentieth-century literature for solo violin, Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin.
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On Sunday, Gardiner conducts Martinů in Prague

On this Sunday, 29th November, Sir John Eliot Gardiner will conduct the Czech Philharmonic in a live streamed concert. The first concert of the series Czech Philharmonic Live In Your Living Room will present music by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů. Sir John Eliot Gardiner is not only a pioneer of historically informed performance, but also a big lover and promoter of the Czech music. Czech pianist Igor Ardašev will be the soloist in Capriccio for Piano Left Hand and Wind Ensemble and in the Sinfonietta La Jolla by Martinů - a piece composed in New York in 1950 for the La Jolla Music Society. The concert starts at 8,15 pm and will be broadcast on the Czech Television's Art Channel, Facebook page of the Czech Philharmonic and on the Takt1 platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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