a truly Magical performance of Frank Martin conducting his own, music
The 1st piece is based on a text by Hugo von Hofmannstals -6 monologues for everyman , a cautionary moral tale , about the death and life of a rich man.
these pieces are so richly orchesatrated ... there are serial elements , but overall its much more Berg and Mahler than Webern , distinctive though too.
And Dietrich Fischer Dieskau's Baritone voice , is a marvel!!
this actual pressing is from 1964 !!46 years old ... and not in perfect condition by any means ,so i had to do a little de click here ...
still a bit of crackle , The music is so captivating one ceases to notice.
The 6 Monologues in this version , was the first F.Martin i ever heard .. on a distant late night Sydney Radio station,, a thousand Kilometres from the source.
An odd period in my life , i was living Alone in a run down Caravan on the Edge of a Banana plantation , working 6 days a week as a plantation Labourer.
A- 6 Monologues for everyman-(1943)
8- Fragments from the opera the Tempest....
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra- Frank Martin conductor
Dietrich Fischer Dieskau-baritone
DG-LPM 18-871- 1964