FRANK MARTIN, A FORGOTTEN STAR
«If it is not necessarily "peace and consolation" that the artist must give other people, but it should in any case be that liberation that beauty produces in us.»
Frank Martin was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1890. He showed very early aptitudes for music and was able to find an original language in which the inspiration of great composers mix, such as Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Franck, Schönberg, but also Gregorian Chant, Jazz, Flamenco or the Pink Floyds! During his lifetime, Frank Martin was able to convince the most famous artists of his time with his authenticity, audacity and fantasy. Dinu Lipatti, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Herbert von Karajan, Pierre Fournier, Yehudi Menuhin, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker became his most enthusiastic supporters. His works have been premiered in the most prestigious halls and festivals. However, he used to say that «only solitude and complete disinterest of opinion allow invention». Is this perhaps why, once the composer disappeared, his music was heard less and less?
In order to recall Frank Martin's glorious past, the recording project Journey to Geneva, for cello and orchestra, was born, and it is as a continuation of that program that this chamber music recital was conceived.
Indeed, Frank Martin’s La Ballade is written either for cello and orchestra or for cello and piano. Therefore it seemed very interesting to be able to offer the public the piano version of La Ballade, which allows the composer's work to be put into perspective through its different sources of inspiration. Johann Sebastian Bach’s rhetoric, Robert Schumann’s melodic sensitivity, Claude Debussy’s poetry or César Franck’s harmonic audacity promise the public a moment of intense emotions and exciting discoveries.
It is a program that allows us to meet a composer who inspired the greatest performers of the 20th century.