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Martin: Passacaglia; Symphonie; Synmphonie concertante [CD]

London Philharmonic Orchestra , Frank Martin , Matthias Bamert Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Composer: Frank Martin
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AVH
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony: I. Allegro molto agitato - Poco piu mosso ma tranquillo - Piu mosso - AllegroLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 9:37Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony: II. LargoLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 7:360.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto - Trio: Meno mossoLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 4:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony: IV. Finale: Largo - Allegro ritmico - LargoLondon Philharmonic Orchestra10:04Album Only
Listen  5. Symphonie concertante: I. Adagio - Allegro moderatoLondon Philharmonic Orchestra13:52Album Only
Listen  6. Symphonie concertante: II. Adagio -London Philharmonic Orchestra 4:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphonie concertante: II. Allegretto alla Marcia - VivaceLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 4:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. PassacagliaLondon Philharmonic Orchestra12:27Album Only

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Symphonie concertante - Symphonie - Passacaglia / The London Philharmonic - Matthias Bamert, direction

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Plus petite' is sometimes better 15 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
I would agree with the enthusiastic remarks of the other reviewers with some reservations. I was not aware of these big orchestral works until recently. I have yet to get to grips with the symphony but the symphonie concertante is an adaptation of his wonderful petite symphonie concertante (harp, harpsichord, piano and two string orchestras) for large orchestra. Although this gives the work much greater weight, in my view it seriously detracts from the essential concertante (and antiphonal) characteristics of the original. Take the opening of the adagio: in the original, the harp plays a theme against arpeggios from the harpsichord for nearly two minutes, then the piano briefly replaces the harp - all before the string orchestras comes in. It is a magical passage. In the version for large orchestra, the harps can be heard in the distance playing the harpsichord's arpeggios while, I think, low flutes play the theme. It is still seriously good music but when you know the original version, I think you feel the lack. The parts played by the harp, harpsichord and piano are crucial to the texture of this marvellous piece. It you are a Martin fan, you will get both versions.

The passacaglia, on the other hand, is such that it sounds good in its several manifestations. It exists in versions for organ and string orchestra and this one for large orchestra sounds splendid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Rarities, Excellent Performances 21 Jun 2000
By Nicholas A. Deutsch - Published on
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3 rarities make up this superbly played program. The Symphony (1936-7) comes from the period when Frank Martin was consciously assimilating 12-tone theory - though not Schoenberg's aesthetic - into his compositional vocabulary, a process which led in 1938 to the achievement of his mature style in the first part of Le vin herbe. Like the First Piano Concerto (1933-4) [ASV CD DCE 1082], the Symphony is a large-scale piece overflowing with beautiful things, & will be of great interest to anyone who already knows & loves Martin's music. As noted above, Martin transcribed his Petite Symphonie Concertante (1944/5) for conventional symphony orchestra even before its premiere, concerned that the original's odd scoring of harp, harpsichord & piano with double string orchestra would discourage performance. (As he later admitted, the "easier" version went virtually unperformed, while the original made his international name.) While one may miss the extraordinary sonorities of the original, this version is eminently satisfying on its own, & shows the strength & richness of Martin's melodic, harmonic & rhythmic ideas. Finally, the Passacaglia for Orchestra (1962) is another transcription, of the 1944 Passacaglia for organ [Hyperion CDA67017], already adapted once for string orchestra (1952)[London 448 264-2]. This majestic piece is glorious in any of its versions; here Martin plays Stokowski to his own Bach, using the expanded timbral resources to add color & clarify counterpoint. A radio broadcast of the world premiere, with the composer conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, has been issued [Jecklin JD 645-2, with 1970 concert performances of the Petite Symphonie Concertante & the Maria Triptychon], but that's in somewhat constricted mono, & this piece above all benefits from the rich, full sound of this Chandos disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~Majestic Beauty, Highly Recommended~ 23 Oct 2008
By Kurt Leith - Published on
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The three works for orchestra recorded here are absolutely splendid. The premiere recording of the Symphonie for large orchestra is fantastic, especially if you enjoy mildly dissonant music. Running 31:45 minutes, the music ebbs & flows between beautiful quiet passages and quite a bit of classical thunder-truly worth a close listen. The premier recording of the Symphonie Concertante for large orchestra(transcribed from the original scoring for Harp, Harpsichord, Piano and Double String Orchestra and running 22:46 minutes) is a much more softly, quietly played masterpiece that flows ever so smoothly with all kinds of beautiful solo passages by many different instruments here and there painted upon the landscape provided by the strings & horns. Lastly, the Passacaglia for Large Orchestra(12:27 minutes) is a splendid composition that fits together perfectly with the other two recordings offered here. Matthias Bamert conducting The London Philharmonic has done an outstanding job of bring these works to CD, all digitally recorded, and I can't more highly recommend this purchase!
Enjoy & God bless!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Version of the Concertante 17 Dec 2013
By frankebe - Published on
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Everything good everyone says about this issue is true, but I was disappointed to find that this large-orchestra version of the Sinfonie Concertante does not include the solo instruments, which is what MAKES the piece, in my opinion. The original version seems far more colorful and interesting to me than this re-orchestration.

This "large orchestra" non-concertante arrangement just sounds like another one of Martin's typical doleful lamentations with a lot of sour harmony. But in the small orchestra concertante version (the "Petite" version), the lively personality of the soloists brings a much, much needed sparkle into the music. The curiosity of the musical timbres, particularly the exotic (to modern ears) sound of the harpsichord is scintillating and engrossing; and the marching finale has extra bite and kick, with the harp-piano glissandos particularly exciting.

So as a matter of information, if you want to hear the original harpsichord, harp and piano with string orchestra, you'll need to get another recording (I recommend Stokowski on EMI).
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