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Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Percussion & Strings / Studies for String Orchestra / Erasmi monumentum - Matthias Bamert
Robert Hill, Benedict Hoffnung, Bettina Jensen
Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Percussion & Strings / Studies for String Orchestra / Erasmi monumentum - Matthias Bamert
Genre: Classical
 
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Swiss composer Frank Martin was a curious character. The son of a Protestant pastor, he combined French and German influences in typically Swiss fashion, but also tonality, atonality, and an enlivening dose of jazz. He l...  more »

     
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Swiss composer Frank Martin was a curious character. The son of a Protestant pastor, he combined French and German influences in typically Swiss fashion, but also tonality, atonality, and an enlivening dose of jazz. He lived a long and productive life, composed his own Requiem Mass (which he actually got to perform and record to make sure he'd got it right), and then conveniently died. This swinging concerto shows the jazz influence right at the start, where each of the solos introduces itself in what sounds like an improvised jam session. Of course the whole thing's composed with typical precision (Swiss, like in watches, right?), but it's still one of the most entertaining of this century's "group" concertos. This recording does it proud. --David Hurwitz

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Lushly played Martin, including a rarity
Nicholas A. Deutsch | New York, NY USA | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disc offers representative orchestral works by Frank Martin, 1 each from the 1940s, 50s & 60s. The Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments is sheer delight, as the composer explores the expressive possibilities of various color combinations, first in a taut Allegro, then the "mysterious & elegant" slow movement (with its steady string "tick-tock" movement underlying all the various events) & finally a dynamic Allegro vivace, which evokes marches from circus to military. The Studies (or Etudes) for String Orchestra likewise find room for both lyricism & humor, the latter especially in the syncopations of the "pizzicato" study. These performances are finely played & conducted, & recorded in full, even lush sound. (If you're just getting acquainted with Martin's music, you might consider instead getting Ernest Ansermet's early 60s versions of the Concerto & Etudes - rhythmically more dynamic than Bamert's - on London 448 264-2: for 50 cents more than this CD, you'll have an additional disc & 4 other essential Martin works in classic performances.) Erasmi Monumentum is infrequently recorded, & this is certainly a beautifully executed reading. The 3 movements, all with Latin titles referring to the works or character of the philosopher Erasmus, are highly contrasted: a spiky Andante, a wild "spring break" Allegro (with the organ evoking the fairground rather than the cathedral) & finally a plea for peace amid the threat of war. This is a challenging but rewarding piece which shows how, in his late 70s, Frank Martin continued to strive for greater orchestral subtlety & remained open to the sounds around him, while staying true to his inner convictions as an artist & compassionate human being."
Superb frank martin
Ruth M. Fields | 08/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this disc contains three important works by frank martin that receive top drawer performances by london phiharmonic under bamert. the concerto for seven wind instruments, strings, and percussion is a tribute to classiccal concerto grosso form in excellent modern dress. the studies for strings is a marvelous piece demontrating martin's gift for composing in this manner. it should recalled that he wrote a fine violin concerto and also other string works. finally, erasmi momentum for organ and orchestra shows this composers versatility. chando sound is excellent and this disc exposes martin to a wider sudience; a really good idea."