Martin, F: Dance of Fear for two pianos & chamber orchestra
This page lists all recordings of Dance of Fear for two pianos & chamber orchestra, by Frank Martin (1890-1974) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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Frank Martin - Concertos Volume 1
“…Frank Martin's Violin Concerto… has a truly magical aura and effects a compositional mastery that is worthy of the finest 20th-century examples of the genre. This new excellently engineered recording from violinist Michael Erxleben serves the music admirably and benefits from superbly attentive instrumental detail from the Winterthur orchestra under Jac van Steen.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****
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Frank Martin - Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra
Sebastian Benda, Paul Badura-Skoda (pianos)
Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, Christian Benda
“What Martin's music needs is performances of understanding but also affection, and ASV deserves congratulation for the shrewd casting of this disc. Sebastian Benda was a composition pupil of Martin's, and once recorded the Ballade with him conducting. The Second Piano Concerto was written for Paul Badura-Skoda, and he too recorded it with the composer. The conductor here is too young to share the two pianists' warm memories of Martin, but he's Sebastian Benda's son, and the sense of all three collaborating in a tribute is strong.
Martin is often described as a serialist, but this isn't true. He used 12-note rows, but only to discipline his melodic language, which is tonal, strong and lyrical. The First Concerto might just as well have been subtitled 'The Dramatic' and Benda plays it with flair and great enjoyment, as he does the gentler but no less varied Ballade. The Second Concerto, a late work, is one of Martin's finest, with a profusion of bold, striking ideas and opportunities for grand rhetoric.
Badura-Skoda plays it as though he were delighted to make its acquaintance again.
Perhaps the orchestra could have done with two or three extra desks of strings, but the recording is excellent and the performances all that could be desired.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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