Personalities | Frank Martin | Modern Era | Classical
(Frank Mär-tan’) 1890–1974
Martin was an eclectic, but with his own voice. His best-known composition, the Petite symphonie concertante (1945) for harp, harpsichord, piano and strings, adopts systematic discipline from Schoenberg and rhythmic vigour from Stravinsky and jazz, but its combination of brooding solemnity and Gallic wit is Martin’s own. His concertos and chamber music are no less accomplished, but another important group of works reflects his devout religious belief: four oratorios (one of them staged) and a Requiem. He wrote operas in French and German and a secular oratorio, Le vin herbé (‘The Drugged Wine’, 1942), on the legend of Tristan and Isolde.
Petite symphonie concertante, soloists, Geneva Chamber Orchestra (cond) Thierry Fischer (Dinemec)
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