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Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir; Songs of Ariel; Ode à La Musique; etc.
     

Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir; Songs of Ariel; Ode à La Musique; etc.

by Harry Christophers
 
Frank Martin's most important choral work is his a cappella "Mass for Double Choir" (1922-1926), though he also composed several short occasional choral pieces, which Harry Christophers and the Sixteen present with the Mass to round out this 2005 release. By arranging the program with less familiar works first, Christophers wants listeners to discover the variety of

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Frank Martin's most important choral work is his a cappella "Mass for Double Choir" (1922-1926), though he also composed several short occasional choral pieces, which Harry Christophers and the Sixteen present with the Mass to round out this 2005 release. By arranging the program with less familiar works first, Christophers wants listeners to discover the variety of Martin's vocal writing, and to hear pieces that are seldom performed, let alone performed as well as this superb ensemble delivers them. One may not be terribly impressed, however, with the declamatory "Cantate pour 1er Août for choir and organ," which portentously opens the program, or the two sets of "Chansons" and the "Songs of Ariel," which are interesting as examples of Martin's madrigal style, clearly well-crafted but not extraordinary. The Sixteen is superb in its singing and lively in its interpretations, but this music is really best appreciated by Martin specialists. Listeners may well skip ahead to hear the sublime Mass in its entirety -- which is this album's raîson d'être -- then sample the secular pieces afterwards. The Sixteen gives the Mass a phenomenal performance, worthy of the group's reputation and as radiant as the ensemble's glorious 1994 album of John Tavener's choral music, which secured its fame. Coro's sound quality is a little subdued and variable, so some volume adjustments are needed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Coro
UPC:
0828021602924
catalogNumber:
16029
Rank:
255156

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Tracks

  1. Cantate pour le 1er août, for chorus & piano or organ
  2. Choral Works (3) (Janeton, Si Charlotte avait voulu, Petite église) for male & female chorus
  3. Ariel Songs (5), for chorus
  4. Ode et sonnet, for 3 female voices & cello ad lib: Sonnet
  5. Le coucou, canon for 7 female voices: Le coucou
  6. Ode et sonnet, for 3 female voices & cello ad lib: Ode
  7. Chanson, for 4 female voices ("Le petit village")
  8. Ode à la musique, for baritone, chorus, trumpet, 2 horns, 3 trombones, double bass & piano
  9. Mass, for double chorus

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