Cantate pour le temps de Noël - Trois Chants de Noël
Cantate pour le temps de Noël (1929/30); Trois Chants de Noël (1947)
When Frank Martin decided to write this Cantata, he had only just discovered the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, and was deeply struck by them: 'It was like a revelation to me, a deeply moving experience'. The relationship of this work to this genre of art is obvious: there are principals (soli) who are conceived statically, above a sparkling, colourful background (the orchestra). Even the influence of Gregorian chant is perceptible; the composer undoubtedly wanted to convey something of a 'historicising' atmosphere. The world première of the work took place on 4 December 1994 in the Jesuit Church of Lucerne, under the direction of Alois Koch. Frank Martin composed his 'Trois chants de Noël' ('Three songs of Christmas') in the autumn of 1947, as a Christmas present for his daughter Françoise (aged 15), who had a pretty soprano voice, and for his wife Maria Martin who played the flute.
Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Simone Stock, Sopran, Karola Hausburg, Alt, Severin Lohri, Knabensolist der Luzerner Kantorei, Atrium-Ensemble Berlin, Mozart-Ensemble Luzern, Luzerner Kantorei-Knabenchor, Festival Strings Lucerne, Brigitte Gasser, Brian Franklin: Gamben, Hans Adolfsen, Cembalo, Mutsumi Ueno, Orgel, Klaus Durrer, Flöte, Alois Koch, Leitung.
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