Martin: Requiem; Janácek: Otce náš / Segerstam, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony

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It took Frank Martin a long time to heed his deep-seated inner calling to write a Requiem: 'What I have tried to express here is the clear will to accept death; to make peace with it.' The Requiem was composed in 1971/72, Martin utilizes the whole bandwidth of orchestral sound and explores all opportunities for interplay among the vocalists, as well. Leoš Janácek’s setting of the Otcenáš, the Lord’s Prayer, is not a conventionally religious work. The Czech composer was more interested in its social aspects than any theological musings. Conductor Leif Segerstam, Chief conductor of ORF Vienna radio Symphony Orchestra from 1975-1983 loved to surprise his public with non-mainstream repertoire. Two of these live recordings are now restored, re-mastered and first time published for the future.


Frank Martin’s operatic background is to the fore in his setting of the Requiem. Written towards the very end of his life he had apparently delayed setting the text and once completed declared that his work was now done. Some decidedly 20th Century techniques, such as semi-spoken passages, can be heard in this music which is full of drama and displays a real affinity with the text. Janacek’s settting of the Lord’s Prayer is apparently written from a more detached view, with the composer apparently less committed to the meaning of the text in itself. However, this is still moving music, making for a fine pairing of lesser known liturgically inspired 20th Century (the Janacek only just!) works.

-- Lark Reviews

Product Description:

  • Release Date: March 04, 2022

  • Catalog Number: C5454

  • UPC: 845221054544

  • Label: Capriccio

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Frank Martin,Leoš Janáček

  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Children's Choir

  • Performer: Rudolf Scholz, Heinz Zednik, Arcola Clark


  1. Requiem

    Composer: Frank Martin

    Ensemble: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Rudolf Scholz (Organ)

    Conductor: Leif Segerstam

  2. Otče náš (The Lord's Prayer), JW IV/29

    Composer: Leoš Janáček

    Ensemble: ORF Chorus

    Performer: Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Arcola Clark (Harp), Rudolf Scholz (Organ)

    Conductor: Leif Segerstam