Frank Martin: Le Vin herbé

Frank Martin Le Vin herbé
Le Vin herbé

Frank Martin: Le Vin herbé

Year of composition:
1938/1941
Scored for:
for 12 voices, 7 strings and piano
Composer:
Frank Martin
Text adapter:
Rudolf Georg Binding
Original language:
French
Translator:
Frank Martin
Writer of pre-existing text:
Joseph Bédier
Choir:
Kammerchor
Instrumentation details:
1. vln, 2. vln, 1. vla, 2. vla, 1. vc, 2. vc, cb, pno
Table of contents:
Prolog
Der Liebestrank
Der Wald von Morois
Der Tod
Epilog
Scenery:
3 Bühnenbilder oder 1 Grunddekoration mit wechseln
Duration:
90’
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Work introduction

“A Tristan with a difference” – that was how the critic of the Neues Österreich newspaper described Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé (The Magic Potion) after the first staged performance of this secular oratorio at the 1948 Salzburg Festival. The concert version had already been premièred six years previously in Zurich. In its more than 60-year history Le Vin herbé (based on Joseph Bédier’s novel Tristan and Iseult) has enjoyed countless concert performances and several staged productions. In recent years it has been seen as a chamber opera in Zurich, Paris and Berlin. 

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for 12 voices, 7 strings and piano , 90’

Next performances

13 May

Le Vin herbé

Long Beach Opera, San Pedro (US)

19 May

Le Vin herbé

Long Beach Opera, San Pedro (US)

World première

Location:
Zürich
Date:
28.03.1942
Conductor:
Robert Blum

Press reviews

“This work belongs on every stage. (Eleonore Büning, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

“Even today, Le Vin herbé is surrounded by the aura of being an ‘insider secret’: truly a ‘magic potion’ of crystal-clear purity, a Tristan setting with its very own attraction; beyond the narcotic delights of Wagner, but nonetheless suggestive.” (Kerstin Schüssler-Bach) 

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