(featuring the New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Michael Bialoguski, in an Early Seventies recording, made in London. Front cover artwork by Max Ernst, "The Bottled Moon")
Bohuslav Martinu's (1890-1959) Sixth and final Symphony, subtitled "Fantaises Symphoniques", was composed between 1951-53. The fact that the Czech composer dedicated the Symphony, to his good friend, French conductor Charles Munch, is very revealing, as to the nature of the work : For Martinu, admitted that he wished to write something, for Munch, which reflected the rhapsodic and free style, of the Frenchman's conducting ; therefore - thought Martinu - a Symphony with rapidly changing moods, and - despite the reference to "Fantaises" in its title - a very tightly-knit structure, should be the order of the day.
Side One : Symphony No.6 "Fantaisies Symphoniques", by Martinu :-
1) I Lento - Allegro - Lento 2) II Poco Allegro. Lento.
Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek (1791-1825) composed his one, and only, Symphony in D major in the Austrian capital, Vienna in 1823, where the Czech-born composer lived, for the last twelve years of his short, but relatively happy, life. Indeed, it is a Symphony, that is scored in a manner that has subtle touches of two of Vienna's somewhat more famous -and, slightly earlier - inhabitants : Josef Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. It is one of Vorisek's most mature compositions, and the melodic inventions provide ideal material for development.
Side Two : Symphony in D major, by Vorisek :-
1) I Allegro con brio 2) II Andante 3) III Scherzo : Allegro ma non troppo 4) IV Finale : Allegro con brio.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX/EX.