Frank Martin (1890-1974)

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0120070730Frank Martin was born in Geneva in September 1890, and died in Holland in 1974.|He was very much a modern European and a resolutely individual composer, independent of the musical ideologies and schools of the past century.|Donald Macleod visits his home in Naarden, Holland, now a museum to his life and work, and meets his widow Maria Martin.|Piano Quintet (1st mvt)|Iain Burnside (piano)|Britten-Pears Ensemble|Quatre Sonnets a Cassandre|Barbara Rearick (mezzo-soprano)|Mass for Double Choir|The Sixteen|Harry Christophers (conductor)|Trio on Irish Folk Tunes (excerpt)|Grieg Trio.
0220070731Donald Macleod turns his attention to the music Frank Martin wrote in the 1930s, a decade during which he really hit his stride as a composer.|He talks to Martin's 92-year-old widow Maria and features one of his greatest works Le vin herbé.|Air (Four Short Pieces for Guitar)|Michalis Kontaxakis (guitar)|Danse de la peur|Paul Badura-Skoda, Sebastian Benda (pianos)|Orchestra della Svissera Italiana|Christian Benda (conductor)|Ballade for alto saxophone, piano and orchestra|John Harle (saxophone)|Ronald Brautigam (piano)|Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra|Riccardo Chailly (conductor)|Le vin herbé (excerpt)|Scharoun Ensemble|RIAS Chamber Choir|Daniel Reuss (director).
0320070801Donald Macleod turns his attention to music Frank Martin wrote during World War II.|Talking to Martin's widow, Maria, he discusses the very different soundscapes of Der Cornet and In Terra Pax.|The former paints a bleak portrait of life as a soldier, the latter a joyous celebration of the end of the war.|Cantata for the 1st of August|The Sixteen|Harry Christophers (conductor)|Der Cornet (excerpt)|Marjana Lipovsek (contralto)|Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra|Lothar Zagrosek (conductor)|Petite Symphonie Concertante|Symphony Orchestra of North German Radio|Gunter Wand (conductor)|In Terra Pax (excerpt)|Della Jones (contralto)|Roderick Williams (baritone)|Brighton Festival Chorus|London Philharmonic Orchestra|Matthias Bamert (conductor).
0420070802Donald Macleod explores the years immediately following World War II, when life changed dramatically for Frank Martin.|He met his wife Maria and moved to Holland where he would live for the rest of his life.|His music flourished in this new environment, as commissions came from the great Swiss conductor Paul Sacher and there were collaborations with great musicians such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.|Come unto these Yellow Sands (Songs of Ariel)|The Norwegian Soloists Choir|Grete Pedersen (conductor)|Six Monologues from Everyman|Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)|Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra|Frank Martin (conductor)|Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion and Strings|Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra|Riccardo Chailly (conductor)|Der Sturm (Epilogue)
05 LAST20070803Donald Macleod discusses the concluding chapter in Frank Martin's life, when he largely wrote sacred compositions, as well as works for some of his lifelong friends.|Polyptyque (excerpt)|Gottfried Schneider (violin)|Munich Chamber Orchestra|Hans Stadlmair (conductor)|Piano Concerto No 2|Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)|Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg|Frank Martin (conductor)|Et la Vie l'Emporta (excerpt)|Claudine Perret (alto)|Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone)|Choir and Orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation|Michel Corboz (conductor).