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The Secret Mass: Choral Works by Frank Martin & Bohuslav Martinu


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For their latest release, the Grammy-Nominated, ECHO Award-winning Danish National Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Marcus Creed have selected a program showcasing the works of two less familiar 20th century masters: Frank Martin and Bohuslav Martinu. Beyond the similarity of their surnames there is little in common between the two men. For Swiss-born Martin, his musical breakthrough came early in life when he heard a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. His musical language draws on a wide variety of influences, including Renaissance polyphony, Hindemithian extended tonality and traces of Schoenberg’s twelve-tone system, but above all, Bach. In contrast, the urbane, cosmopolitan Martinu was a stylistic butterfly, and a bit of a late bloomer. One can easily hear traces of impressionism and Stravinskian neoclassicism throughout his mature style, but in his finest moments, Martinu embraces the love of folklore that inspired his elder countryman, Leoš Janácek. The centerpiece of this album is Martin's towering masterwork, the Mass for Double Choir. Originally completed in 1926, Martin did not allow the work to be performed until 1963. After its premiere he explained: ‘I felt that a personal expression of religious belief should remain secret and hidden from public opinion.’ Thankfully Martin decided to share his secret; his Mass has become one of the 20th century’s most powerful works composed for a cappella choir.
Facts
Item number 6220671
Barcode 747313167166
Release date 4/6/2018
Category Choral
Label OUR RECORDINGS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir DR VokalEnsemblet
Conductor Creed, Marcus
Disc: 1
Mass for Double Choir00:23:25
1 Mass for Double Choir: I. Kyrie 00:05:09 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
2 Mass for Double Choir: II. Gloria 00:06:08 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
3 Mass for Double Choir: III. Credo 00:06:10 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
4 Mass for Double Choir: IV. Sanctus 00:04:50 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
5 Mass for Double Choir: V. Agnus Dei 00:05:00 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
4 Písne o Marii (4 Songs of Mary), H. 23500:10:00
6 4 Songs of the Virgin Mary, H. 235: No. 1, The Ann 00:01:59 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
7 4 Songs of the Virgin Mary, H. 235: No. 2, A Dream 00:02:05 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
8 4 Songs of the Virgin Mary, H. 235: No. 3, Our Lad 00:03:22 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
9 4 Songs of the Virgin Mary, H. 235: No. 4, The Vir 00:04:36 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
Ariel (Shakespeare: The Tempest)00:11:00
10 Songs of Ariel: No. 1, Come unto These Yellow Sand 00:01:34 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet Unknown Artist
11 Songs of Ariel: No. 2, Full Fathom Five 00:03:30 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet Thomsen, Lauritz Jakob
12 Songs of Ariel: No. 3, Before You Can Say Come and 00:01:03 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
13 Songs of Ariel: No. 4, You Are Three Men of Sin 00:04:25 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet Strand, Hanna-Maria
14 Songs of Ariel: No. 5, Where the Bee Sucks, There 00:01:02 Creed, Marcus DR VokalEnsemblet
Romance z pampelišek (Romance of the Dandelions), 00:13:00
15 Romance of the Dandelions, H. 364 00:12:42 Creed, Marcus Kidon, Klaudia DR VokalEnsemblet Lykke, Emil Åberg, Daniel
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