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FRANK MARTIN: Ein Totentanz zu Basel im Jahre 1943 – ARMAB Orch. – Breda Sacrament Choir/ Hineni String Orch./ Bastiaan Blomhert – CPO

FRANK MARTIN: Ein Totentanz zu Basel im Jahre 1943 – ARMAB Orch. – Breda Sacrament Choir/ Hineni String Orch./ Bastiaan Blomhert – CPO

A unique play reveals music of substance from Swiss composer Frank Martin. FRANK MARTIN: Ein Totentanz zu Basel im Jahre 1943 – ARMAB Orch. – Breda Sacrament Choir/ Hineni String Orch./ Basel Side Drums/ Bastiaan Blomhert – CPO 777 997-2, 66:08, ****: B01HOU7GMI This CD is an example of how many amazing works of well-known composers come to light as a result of the collaboration between dedicated musicians and the relatives of deceased composers. In 2006 Maria Martin, wife of Frank Martin (1890-1974), suggested the publication of the suite of the music from her husband’s 1943 music to the theatrical performance of Ein Totentanz zu Basel im Jahr 1943. Enter conductor Bastiaan Blomhert, who deemed the complete work a masterpiece, and organized the resources to make this recording. In the middle of the horrors of World War II, Swiss mime artist Mariette von Meyenburg, asked her uncle Frank Martin to compose music for a theatrical performance that would portray death in a new way. The work’s purpose, was to see death “as a positive happenstance and …. to express in music that kind of peace with death,” as stated in the program notes for the performance. Martin liked this characterization, […]