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Le Vin herbé in Chicago

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 September 2016

Photo: Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

This work belongs on every stage. (Eleonore Büning, FAZ)

Frank Martin’s secular oratorio Le Vin herbé – based on Joseph Bédier’s novel Romance of Tristan and Iseultwill be performed today and on 1 and 9 October at the Chicago Opera Theater.

After its first staged performance at the 1948 Salzburg Festival a critic of the Neues Österreich newspaper described the work as “A Tristan with a difference”. The concert version had already been premièred six years previously in Zurich. In its more than 60-year history Le vin herbé has enjoyed countless concert performances and several staged productions. 

Le Vin herbé at the Chicago Opera Theater

Renaud Capuçon at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2016

Renaud Capuçon (c) Marc Ribes

When I play the Polyptyque by Frank Martin, I feel the same responsibility, the same exaltation as when I play Bach's Chaconne(Yehudi Menuhin)

Violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Kammerorchester Basel will perform Frank Martin’s Polyptyque today at the Gstaad Menuhin Festivalwhich celebrates the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin.

View the full score of Polyptyque

Happy 100th Birthday, Maria Martin!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Februar 2015

Happy 100th Birthday, Maria Martin!

Watch a 15-minute interview/documentary with Maria Martin, which was conducted in the Frank Martin House in 2011:

“Perhaps the best description of Le vin herbé is that it is a ‘Passion’ about passion”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 November 2014

Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition

Simply put, Martin’s Le vin herbé is passionate, yes, but, unlike Wagner’s music drama, is wonderfully discreet, objective, and inward. Deep emotion is, paradoxically, generated through an essential restraint.

Professor Byron Adams, Professor in the Music Department of the University of California, Riverside, provides insight on Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé on the Boston Lyrics Opera’s blog. Find their blog here.

The Boston Classical Review on Martin’s “mesmerizing Le vin herbé”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 November 2014

Boston Lyric Opera

The Boston Classical Review on Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé:

“Richard Wagner didn’t have the last word on the Tristan legend, as the Boston Lyric Opera made amply clear on Wednesday night.

BLO’s production of Frank Martin’s mesmerizing Le vin herbé (presented in translation rather less poetically as The Love Potion) made a powerful case for the Swiss composer’s conception of the legend.”

Read the full review online.

Le Vin Herbé in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 Juni 2013

This season’s last performance of Frank Martin’s secular oratorio Le Vin Herbé at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin takes place today:

Frank Martin: Le Vin Herbé
for 12 voices, 7 strings and piano | 90’
13.06.2013, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin; Narine Yeghiyan, s; Anna Prohaska, s; Evelin Novak, s; Virpi Räisänen, a; Katharina Kammerloher, a; Stephanie Atanasov, a; Thorbjorn Gulbrandsoy, t; Matthias Klink, t; Peter Gijsbertsen, t; Arttu Kataja, b; Jan Martinik, b; Ludvig Lindström, b; Staatskapelle Berlin, cond. Franck Ollu

Happy Birthday Alban Berg

Posted on 09 Februar 2012

Alban Berg

Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 127 years ago today.

On this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was premièred in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.

In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.

20 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexiko was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted. Here’s a German introduction on the Deutschlandfunk radio website.

And on the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.