About the composer
Frank Martin was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1890, but moved to the Netherlands in 1946, where he lived in the little town of Naarden until his death in 1974. He became world famous by his Petite Symphonie Concertante for clavichord, harp, piano and strings. He wrote orchestral music as well as vocal works, for instance some cantatas and an oratorio, some ballets and an opera.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, violin and symphony orchestra
The composition is part of a "Maria-Triptychon", consisting of Ave Maria, Magnificat and Stabat Mater. It was written expressly for the soprano Irmgard Seefried and her husband the violist Wolfgang Schneiderhahn. The work has an insistent dissonant rhythm and is very intense and deeply lamenting.
The "Vatican"-version is used, but only the first ten stanzas.
Information about the recording
|CD1:||Chandos CHAN 9411: Frank Martin, Maria-Triptychon|
Contains three compositions by Martin. Recorded at the Blackheath Concert Halls, in September 1994. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 199
|Orchestra:||The London Philharmonic|
Lynda Russell, soprano
Suite from the opera Der Sturm
|CD2:||Stabat Mater Foundation 2012: Martin (Poulenc, Dohnanyi)|
The recording of the 14th concert organized by the Dutch Stabat Mater Foundation. Recorded at the Sint Petrus Church, Oirschot, in March 2012.
Ilse Eerens, soprano
Ernst von Dohnanyi, Stabat Mater