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SCENE Martin: Harpsichord Concerto, Passacaille & Polyptyque / Jac Van Steen, et al

Album Summary

>Martin, Frank : Polyptyque
>Martin, Frank : Passacaille, version for string orchestra
>Martin, Frank : Harpsichord Concerto
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Notes & Reviews:

Doubly rooted in French and German culture, Frank Martin, a "preacher's kid" from Geneva, begin closely studying Bach's works during his early youth. Martin became acquainted with the famous 'Passacaglia in C minor'. It was easy for him to write a Passacaille of his own for organ in 1944 at the request of the Bern organist Kurt Wolfgang Senn. Martin was also familiar with the harpsichord from his studies of early music. He wanted to situate this baroque instrument revived in the twentieth century in a more modern context and did so in the Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine
Polyptyque is one of Frank Martin's most moving compositions. Willi Zimmermann delivers a vivid and sensitive account of the solo partà MDG's outstanding SACD recording brings considerable aural advantages in the 'Image du Judgement' where the lacerating chords from the two string orchestras cut through the texture with frightening physical impact.



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Works Details

>Martin, Frank : Polyptyque :: 6 images de la Passion du Christ, for violin & 2 string orchestras
  • Performer: Willi Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (09/26/2005-09/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1973

>Martin, Frank : Passacaille, version for string orchestra
  • Performer: Willi Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (09/26/2005-09/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Martin, Frank : Harpsichord Concerto
  • Performer: Rudolf Scheidegger (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (04/21/2008-04/22/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1951-1952