FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974): Requiem (Jane Marsh [soprano], Ria Bollen [alto], Claes H. Ahnsjö (tenor), Robert Holl (bass), Vienna Jeunesse Choir, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. rec. Feb. 23, 1979), LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854-1928): Otčenás (Heinz Zednik [tenor], ORF Choir. rec. Oct. 10, 1987).

Catalogue Number: 03X034

Label: Capriccio

Reference: C5464

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: It took Frank Martin a long time to heed his deep-seated inner calling to write a Requiem: 'What I have tried to express here is the clear will to accept death; to make peace with it.' The Requiem was composed in 1971/72, Martin utilizes the whole bandwidth of orchestral sound and explores all opportunities for interplay among the vocalists, as well. Janácek’s setting of the Otcenáš, the Lord’s Prayer, is not a conventionally religious work, the composer being more interested in its social aspects than any theological musings. Leif Segerstam (conductor).


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