'[Duo concertante] Written in Martinů's best 1930s concerto grosso style, its three movements are limpidly scored, allowing the flowing, interweaving lines of the soloists to sound to best advantage; as the excellent booklet-notes say, "an extraordinary musical experience" … This disc is an utter delight from start to finish.' (Gramophone)
'Christopher Hogwood and Bohuslav Matoušek are entirely at home with this repertoire: there is a wealth of interpretative details, but what impresses most is the bigger picture and strong sense of where Martinů is going … In this clear recording there is a huge amount to enjoy.' (BBC Music Magazine)
'The performance of the two-movement Rhapsody-Concerto is exemplary … Matoušek exchanges violin for viola and luxuriates in the radiant lyricism of Martinů's last period. Hogwood shapes the structures with magnificent insight and, with the orchestra, provides attentive accompaniment throughout.' (BBC Music Magazine)
'The Second Concerto is one of Martinů's great masterpieces... In these beautifully recorded performances, both Christopher Hogwood and Bohuslav Matoušek have a profound understanding of Martinů's style and the Czech Philharmonic responds with radiant playing … There is no finer performance of the First Concerto available.' (BBC Music Magazine)
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