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Paradisi Gloria - Martin: In Terra Pax, Etc / Viotti, Et Al

Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 4037   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frank Martin
Performer:  Iris VermillionPhilippe RouillonDaniel Galvez-VallejoChristophe Fel,   ... 
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Electrifying performances make this a stand-out set among Martin recordings

Frank Martin served as ‘artistic director’ to the 1968 Erato recording of Golgotha so, despite obviously older recording quality and some very insecure singing, it does have the stamp of authority about it. But, in every area – interpretative commitment, recorded sound or the musical and technical assurance of the performers – Marcello Viotti and his Munich musicians are in a league of their own. Just listen to that moment as the crowd, baying for blood, advance on Pilate (‘Jésus devant Pilate’) – surely one of the most terrifying moments in the entire repertoire – or Pilate’s hysterical response (here sung with astonishing intensity by
Read more Claude Pia, the perfect foil to the calm and poised Jésus of Gilles Cachemaille). Viotti draws every last ounce of drama and passion from the score and creates a truly epic performance.

‘Paradisi Gloria’ is the Munich Radio Orchestra’s concert series concentrating on performances of rarely heard large-scale sacred works of the 20th century. All three works were recorded live at ‘Paradisi Gloria’ concerts between 2000 and 2002; and only in the final chorus of Golgotha does wobbly intonation and a hacking cough reveal any hint of exhaustion after what must have been a physically and emotionally draining event. Otherwise there is, throughout all three performances, that tangible sense of electricity which can only come from a live occasion; with In terra pax Viotti again provides inspirational direction, not least to the orchestra who produce some deliciously exotic effects in the final movement.

Ulf Schirmer does not have quite the same empathy with Martin’s sound world as Viotti but, there again, Pilate, with its quasi-operatic feel, is probably the least successful of these works. The team of soloists, with Fabrice Dalis spellbinding in the title-role, is particularly impressive, however, and in any case, with playing and singing which is never less than outstanding as well as a ravishing recorded sound, this three-disc set must stand as one of the finest recordings yet made of Frank Martin’s music.

-- Marc Rochester, Gramophone [12/2005]
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Works on This Recording

In terra pax by Frank Martin
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Rouillon (Baritone), Daniel Galvez-Vallejo (Tenor),
Christophe Fel (Bass), Christine Buffle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Switzerland 
Golgotha by Frank Martin
Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone), Tatiana Lisnic (Soprano), Lioba Braun (Mezzo Soprano),
Claude Pia (Tenor), Jérôme Varnier (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1948; Switzerland 
Pilate by Frank Martin
Performer:  Christophe Fel (Bass), François Le Roux (Baritone), Fabrice Dalis (Tenor),
Ildiko Komlósi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Switzerland 

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