Martinu – The Epic of Gilgamesh

9 Feb

Based on the Babylonian poem of the third century B.C., this late work in three parts for soloists, speaker, chorus, and orchestra is part sacred cantata, part secular oratorio, part instrumental symphony, and always very strange. Its themes are uncanny but unforgettable, its harmonies are tonal but unconventional, its sonorities are stark but radiant, its forms are flexible but monumental, and its whole effect is distinctly disquieting.

Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek
Prague Philharmonic Choir – choir master Josef Veselka

Release: DS50f

Source: SQ encoded CD

Process: SQ*Final



8 Responses to “Martinu – The Epic of Gilgamesh”

  1. startrek1701 March 23, 2013 at 16:23 #

    I wish to add my thank you for this release. This will make a great comparison with Belohlavek’s 1995 account with the BBC Symphony at a Royal Festival Hall concert. It will be interesting to hear how the conductor’s conception has changed. When I checked, there is about a 5 to 6 minute difference between the two.

    If you can find it, the performance was released on a companion CD with a BBC Music Magazine. I don’t remember the year.

    Thanks, again.

  2. tarkus9 May 30, 2012 at 00:05 #

    I would have to say…wow. I enjoyed this very much. It invokes memories of vision and dreams of other lands. Uh oh, I said too much. Anyway, thank you. I would recommend this to those who like other paths.

  3. floydophile February 10, 2011 at 19:20 #

    Looks like a very interesting item. Thank you, OD!

  4. Anonymous February 10, 2011 at 10:06 #

    Now they are Ok. Thanks.

  5. OxfordDickie February 10, 2011 at 09:51 #

    They are all there, re-download the list

  6. Anonymous February 10, 2011 at 08:33 #

    1-2-3 OK-4 is missing again-5-6-7-8-9 OK-10 is mising -11 OK

  7. OxfordDickie February 10, 2011 at 00:15 #

    Hotfile strikes yet again!! Have re-uploaded the two missing files. Hopefully all is now well

  8. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 17:48 #

    But part 04 and 10 are missing… or just false numbers?

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