Martin: Mass for Double Choir / Miller, Westminster Choir

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In his Mass for Double Choir, Frank Martin’s use of a motet in the style of J.S. Bach juxtaposed with his sonic and exotic harmonic palette of the early 20th century is a formula for exciting music. In addition to this choral masterwork, this collection brings together meditative and sacred music from diverse traditions. This release also features three world premiere recordings: This first recording of Anders Ohrwall’s arrangement of the beloved Swedish folk tune Fabodpsalm fran Dalarna is distinguished by performances by David Kim, concertmaster for The Philadelphia Orchestra, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, an acknowledged star in the early music field. The much-anticipated release of Lux Surgit Aurea, which was composed by Bernat Vivancos for the Westminster Choir to perform at the 2017 World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona is also included here, as well as the first SATB recording of Joel Philips’ Little Lamb, a setting of the poem by William Blake.


Review excerpt of a May Westminster Choir concert performance of the Mass:

Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” is such a monumental and strenuous piece that few choirs can successfully perform it. True to form the choir made the work their own. The dynamic contrast went from hushed whispers to bellows that were never strident or ear-piercing. Striking dissonances dissolved into settled harmonies; running passages were as clear as a coloratura soprano; basses droned beneath Medieval-like melodies that contrasted with the Schoenberg-like chords that sometimes peppered the piece.

– David Friddle, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC)

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: WCC1809

  • UPC: 888295795005

  • Label: Westminster Choir

  • Composer: Frank Martin

  • Conductor: Joe Miller

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Westminster Choir