Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition: Review in NOTES
One year ago Czech Republic’s Minister of Culture Daniel Herman and Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Jiří Bělohlávek launched the first two volumes of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition at Smetana´s Litomyšl Festival. The two volumes has been reviewed by musicologist Nigel Simeone for the September edition of the prestigious American magazine Notes.
”Březina’s edition is a model of its kind.” Nigel Simeone in NOTES, September 2016Review praises additional material in the appendices, the extensive introduction
and critical apparatus of the volume with Symphony No. 4 edited by Sharon Andrea Choa. Simeone highlights tough task of editing, which has been done very meticulously. The Epic of Gilgamesh, work that is surprisingly not performed very often, was edited with painstaking care by Aleš Březina. According to Simeone, it is „laid out with an admirable combination of clarity and detail.“ Simeone appreciate Bärenreiter’s note-setting of both volumes.
„This new complete edition – which I strongly recommend to music libraries and serious Martinů enthusi asts alike – should do much to bring his music in from the margins. These first two volumes are a most auspicious start to the project.“ Nigel Simeone in NOTES, September 2016
The Bohuslav Martinů Critical Edition project is scheduled to roll out over the next half century and is realized with the financial support of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation and in collaboration with the publishing house Bärenreiter and Bohuslav Martinů Institute. The Epic of Gilgamesh was awarded the German Music Edition Prize for "Best Edition" 2015 by The German Music Publishers Association.