Martin: Die Wiese von Liebe und Tod des Cornets

COMPOSERS: Martin
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Die Wiese von Liebe und Tod des Cornets
PERFORMER: Jard van Nes (contralto); Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam/Reinbert de Leeuw
CATALOGUE NO: 442 535-2 DDD
Tales of love amid stress and dislocation drew several superb wartime works from Martin, including a powerful version of the Tristram legend. For Rilke, he revisits the shadows of German Romanticism in a haunting feat of musical storytelling. The intense, generous vocal line threads patiently through shifting sound colours as Martin’s uneasy consonances, never quite tonal, build to a fierce climax which thrillingly resolves in slow motion, like a film. Stunning singing, recorded in close-up. Robert Maycock

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