The 1'49" "Shimmy Foxtrot" comes from a ballet-comedy Who is the Most Powerful in the World?, Le Jazz crescendos to full orchestra and voices and then there's the "sports" angle - Half-time, a soccer sound-alike that caused a riot at its 1924 premiere (heaven-knows why... it's no more "revolutionary" than Honegger), a rather nondescript La Bagarre in honour of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and Thunderbolt P-47, a fiery scherzo, action-packed and as catchy as Michael Torke's Ash. Performance standards vary from good to exceptional and Supraphon's sound quality is never less than acceptable.Reuse content
He could shimmy, foxtrot, tango or Charleston; he could play the blues, sketch a Thunderbolt fighter-plane in flight and write great symphonies - and yet Bohuslav Martinu always kept Dvorak and Janacek well within earshot. He was a great one for what he once called "new ballet on the street, in the ring and the dance hall". His one-act ballet La revue de cuisine - easily the best-performed item on this generously-filled CD - includes a slapstick Prelude, a moody Tango and snappy Charleston. There's the Jazz-Suite for small orchestra with its melancholy "Musique d'entre- acte: Boston" and a masterly Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments, experimental music, neo-classical in style and very well played by Jan Panenka and the Prague Wind Quintet.