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Martin: Concerto For 7 Winds, Etc / Ansermet, Münchinger


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 448264   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Frank Martin
Performer:  Wolfgang SchneiderhanErnst HaefligerMarga HöffgenUrsula Bückel,   ... 
Conductor:  Ernest AnsermetKarl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande OrchestraStuttgart Chamber OrchestraLausanne Union Chorale,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This invaluable issue restores not only the pioneering recording of Frank Martin's masterpiece, the Petite Symphonic concertante for harp, harpsichord, piano and double string orchestra, but also that of the Violin Concerto. The former was one of the first LPs I bought, and I remember it sounding pretty state-of-the-art then though, needless to say, it doesn't now. All the same there is great authority and a sense of atmosphere that is very special and which has only been matched later by the composer himself (Jecklin, 10/90).

The Violin Concerto is an inspired and noble piece, and Schneiderhan's mono recording makes its first appearance since the mid-l950s. He subsequently re-recorded it in 1971 with the Radio Luxembourg
Read more Orchestra tinder the composer's own direction (Jecklin, 1/90) but the balance placed him rather forward, thus masking some of the orchestral detail. In reviewing the original Vox LP (1/73), Max Harrison spoke of the work's "clarity, restraint and dignity", not qualities in strong supply at present. Anyone who responds to the Prokofiev D major Concerto or the Bartok and Walton will feel at home here. The Concerto for seven wind instruments and the Etudes for string orchestra were recorded in the early 1960s and the sound is very fresh. The performances do not match the wonderful accounts, coupled with the Polyptique, that the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Thierry Fischer brought out some time ago. In terra pax was commissioned by the Swiss Radio to mark the end of the Second World War and has also been reissued before (coupled with Honegger's Le roi David). It is a strong work, though I'd refer you to the Chandos version (reviewed on page 84). In any event this package is well worth having for the sake of the Violin Concerto.

-- Gramophone [8/1995]

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...the Frank Martin Concerto is given an incisive and committed performance, another example of Ansermet’s support of his friends and compatriots.

-- Richard A. Kaplan, FANFARE [7/2007]
reviewing the Concerto for 7 Winds, previously reissued as part of Decca 475 8140
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for 7 Winds, Percussion and Strings by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1961 
2. Etudes for Strings by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1956; Switzerland 
3. Petite Symphonie Concertante by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Switzerland 
4. Passacaglia for Strings by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944/1952; Switzerland 
5. Concerto for Violin by Frank Martin
Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan (Violin)
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; Switzerland 
6. In terra pax by Frank Martin
Performer:  Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Marga Höffgen (Alto), Ursula Bückel (Soprano),
Jakob Stämpfli (Bass), Pierre Mollet (Bass)
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Union Chorale,  Lausanne Womens Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Switzerland 

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