Frank Martin – Recommended Readings

Mass for Double Choir (with Pizzetti’s Requiem), Hyperion CDA 67017

The performance by the Choir ofWestminster Cathedral, under James O’Donnell, is radiant.

Mass for Double Choir, RIAS-Kammerchor, Daniel Reuss (director),

Harmonia Mundi 1951834

Also includes Cinq Rechants and O sacrum convivium by Olivier Messiaen

Le Mystère de La Nativité, Pilate, Cascavelle VEL 2006 (two CDs)

This beautifully sung performance is from the 1959 premiere of Le Mystère under Ernest Ansermet, with various soloists and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Do not let the slightly constricted mono sound deter you from obtaining this indispensable treasure.

How can there have been only one recording of this masterpiece for more than 40 years?

Le Mystère de La Nativité, Musiques Suisses MGB CD 6173

Now there is modern live recording of a performance from Lucerne (December 7, 2000), with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and three different choirs, under conductor Alois Koch, in unrestricted sound. The choirs are radiant. The libretto is only in French and German.

Golgotha, Cascavelle VEL 3004 (two CDs)

The Sinfonietta de Lausanne and the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne,

under Michel Corboz, give the second recorded performance of this masterpiece from a live concert in 1994. (The first from 1968 had Corboz as the chorus master.) Total dedication of all concerned brings this profound work to vibrant life.

In terra pax; Pilate; Golgotha, Profil Hänssler three CD PH04037

Paradisi Gloria, the Munich Radio Orchestra’s series focusing on 20th-century sacred music, brought these three live recordings together in a 3-CD box set. The performances are wonderful and prices reasonable, but there are no libretti.

Requiem, Jecklin-Disco JD 631-2

Various soloists, the Union Chorale et Choeur de Dames de Lausanne,

Group Vocal ‘‘Ars Laeta’’, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, under Martin’s own direction, give a galvanizing live premier performance of this difficult but courageous work.

In Terra Pax and The Four Elements, Chandos 9465

Brighton Festival Chorus and the London Philharmonic, under Matthias


Maria-Triptychon, Six Monologues from Jedermann, and Suite from Der Sturm Soloists, The London Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert (conductor), Chandos 9411

Martin, Der Sturm (The Tempest), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Or-
chestra, R. Holl, E. Herschenfeld, J. Wagner, C. Buffle et al., Thierry

Fischer (conductor), Hyperion 67821 (three discs)

An outstanding opera based on Shakespeare’s play.

Martin: Maria-Triptychon, Polyptyque, Passacaglia for Orchestra, Christoph

Poppen (conductor), German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,Muriel

Cantoreggi (violin), Juliane Banse (soprano), ECM 51733930


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