Martinu: Kytice (Bouquet of Flowers); Sinfonietta Giocosa
KHCD-2013-022FL (STEREO) - Martinů: Kytice (Bouquet of Flowers), cantata, H. 260 - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Kühn Children's Choir/Libor Pešek, conductor; Sinfonietta Giocosa, H. 328 - Stanislav Knor, piano; Prague Symphony Orchestra/Vaclav Smetacek - Bouquet of Flowers is a cycle of compositions based on folk texts that Martinů composed in his then-neoclassic style during his long stay in Paris during the 1930s. The cantata is dedicated to the painter Jan Zrzavỳ, whose painting "Krucemburk" is on the original Panton LP sleeve, and on the CD artwork of this reissue. The Sinfonietta was written in autumn of 1940, just before Martinů fled to the United States. This works stands apart from other works from this period (the Third Symphony, and Memorial to Lidice), reflecting cautious optimism and joy, rather than the ruthlessness and chaos that engulfed his homeland at the time. This CD was produced by customer request, with LPs provided by John Proffitt from his personal collection. CD cover, tray, and disc art are included in the download file.