I love the music of the Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974). He has a distinctive musical personality and he, more than anyone I know, has been able to bring together the orchestral textures of impressionism, the rythmic alertness of Stravinsky and some of the lessons of atonality in a seamless fashion. The Petite Symphonie Concertante, for the unholy combination of harpsichord and harp, is well known, but he also composed a beautiful Requiem, a Mass for Double Choir (available in a beautiful recording on Hyperion), a fascinating song cycle called Six Monologues for Everyman, and some exquisite orchestral works, such as the Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, his Etudes for Orchestra, and the intensely beautiful Polyptique for violin solo and two string orchestras--a work from the 70s which was wonderfully recorded by DG in 1992, in expressive and perfect performances by Thierry Fischer and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and now appears to be out of print. Like Janacek, Martin is a composer who found his own language late in life and seemed to grow younger the older he got. Among his last works was "Poemes de la mort", a setting of ballades by Villon for three tenors and three electric guitars! His music is intellectualy satisfying, to say the least. His shorter works are often paired with those by Honegger and Martinu's. This very good anthology contains the first recording of the Petite Symphonie Concertante conducted by Ernest Ansermet, and the beautiful Violin Concerto performed by Schneiderhan, in what must be considered a definitive performance (it has not been matched since), among other works. Martin was a very religious, very spiritual man, and even his instrumental works evoke a sense of mystery and spiritual devotion. This set deserves five stars for the quality of the works and the performances, but prospective buyers should know that these are all recordings from the 50's and 60's, and some concessions must be made for the quality of the sound, particularly for the Petite Symphonie Concertante, recorded in 1951.