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Martin/Pizzetti: Sacred Choral Works [CD]

Frank Martin , Ildebrando Pizzetti , James O'Donnell , Westminster Cathedral Choir Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Westminster Cathedral Choir
  • Conductor: James O'Donnell
  • Composer: Frank Martin, Ildebrando Pizzetti
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0000063BQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Passacaille for organ
7. Requiem Aeternam
8. Dies Irae
9. Sanctus
10. Agnus Dei
11. Libera Me
12. De Profundis

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'Gloriously sung. This certainly deserves to become a classic recording' (BBC Record Review) 'A recording of arresting immediacy and musical richness' --BBC Music Magazine

'For connoisseurs of choral music this is an essential buy. Outstanding performances of two rarely heard 20th-century masterpieces' --Classic CD

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Martin : Messe pour double chœur - Passacaille pour orgue - Pizzetti : Messe de Requiem - De profundis / Westminster Cathedral Choir, dir. James O'Donnell

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elfin 4 May 2009
As another reviewer has commented it is extraordinary that a piece of this calibre written in 1922 did not see the light of day until 1963. I believe as Martin himself put it one of the reasons was that it was "a personal matter between me and God".

The performance given by James O'Donnell and the Westmister choir of the Mass for Double Choir is so polished and shows such attention to nuance that the music almost sounds as though it could have been written to be performed by them. However it transcends borders (and time as we have already seen.)

I agree that the mass for Double Choir is the jewel on this CD but the Passacaille and the Pizzeti are also very fine.

This is an extraordinary performance of extraordinary music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass for Double Choir 11 Sep 2007
This must be one of the most extraordinary and beautiful pieces of choral music ever written. It stands so much alone and complete that words are superfluous. While it was written in the magically creative year 1922, the composer did not release it for performance until 1963, and it is recognized as a profound expression of Martin's religious faith.

This over-used phrase does little justice, however, to what Martin has achieved. He has used all the resonant acoustics which a church can offer and all the tension generated by the close-moving dissonance and resolution of a complex arrangement for five small sets of a capella male voices. The result is something wonderful - a combination of form and environment creating a work of art complete in itself. It becomes an expression of something almost solid, quite separate from either its components or its performance, yet dependent on both. The piece requires the chorus to have control over extreme nuances of pitch and dynamics and over the issue of sound so that every silence - between the sections of the mass, between the musical phrases, sometimes between two chords - becomes a physical and integral part of the whole. This can only happen when the pauses are perfectly defined, by a choir which is perfectly in time and perfectly in unison.

Listen to it - then listen to it again and again. A quite exceptional performance of an astonishing musical achievement.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I too heard this piece on Radio 3 and bought the CD as a result of that. The singing is absolutely top notch and both the pieces, previously unknown to me, were a revelation. Some of the harmonies in the Martin show is relative modernity but otherwise one could be forgiven for thinking it was written by one of the great polyphonic masters of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Martin masterpiece 11 Feb 2009
Play this marvellous Kyrie at a time when you are quiet, or even sad, and you will realise you are not alone.
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