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Christian Poltéra plays Frank Martin

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1637
Release date2008-02-28
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Classics Today 10/10; Gramophone: outstanding; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding.

Without ever having received any formal training, Swiss-born composer Frank Martin (1890-1973) spent a long time developing a style which, from his breakthrough in 1942, would make him a highly respected international figure. As the legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda put it: ‘Many great works of this century are admired; few have the privilege of being loved. Frank Martin created works which are both admired and loved.’ On the present disc the works in question are his Cello Concerto, the Ballade for cello (in the version with piano) and the 8 Preludes for piano.

On two previous discs Christian Poltéra has presented works for the cello by composers from his native Switzerland. The latest of these, dedicated to the music of Honegger, was recently released and has already received high praise, for instance on web site Classics Today.com, whose reviewer wrote: ‘If you want a superb collection of Honegger's music for cello, both chamber and orchestral, then this CD is just the ticket… a terrific way to plug what is probably a serious repertoire gap in your collection.’ It has also received a Diapason d’or in the French magazine Diapason, which called it ‘une pure merveille’. Its predecessor, BIS-CD-1597, featured works by the less well-known composer Othmar Schoeck. Upon its release this disc met with a similar reception, for instance from the critic of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, who described Poltéra as ‘an imaginative “singer on the cello” with an astounding virtuosity at his disposal’.

As on previous discs in Poltéra’s ‘Swiss trilogy’, he is again supported by Malmö SO under Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen (in the Concerto) and by eminent pianist Kathryn Stott, who also shines in the Preludes for piano solo, a fascinating display of Martin’s broad variety of expression and techniques.
 
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  Composer: Martin, Frank
  Concerto for cello and orchestra 24:06
01 I. Lento – Allegro moderato – Lento 08:30 $ 1.79 USD
02 II. Adagietto 07:08 $ 1.50 USD
03 III. Vivace selvaggio ed aspro – Cadenza – Vivace 08:28 $ 1.78 USD
 
 
  Composer: Martin, Frank
  Ballade for Cello and Piano
04 Ballade for Cello and Piano 16:36 $ 3.49 USD
 
 
  Composer: Martin, Frank
  8 Preludes for Piano 23:05
05 I. Grave 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
06 II. Allegretto tranquillo 01:23 $ 0.29 USD
07 III. Tranquillo ma con moto 02:13 $ 0.47 USD
08 IV. Allegro 01:11 $ 0.25 USD
09 V. Vivace 02:00 $ 0.42 USD
10 VI. Andantino grazioso 01:41 $ 0.35 USD
11 VII. Lento 07:26 $ 1.56 USD
12 VIII. Vivace 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
 
  Album total 63:47
ComposerMartin, Frank
CelloPoltéra, Christian
OrchestraMalmö Symphony Orchestra
ConductorOllila-Hannikainen, Tuomas
PianoStott, Kathryn

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