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Frank Martin - Le Vin Herbé (Oratorio In Three Acts) flac album

Frank Martin
Le Vin Herbé (Oratorio In Three Acts)
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1170 mb
FLAC archive size:
1894 mb
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Part 1
A The Love Potion (Scene 1 Through 5)
B1 The Love Potion (Scene 6)
Part 2
B2 The Forest Of Morois (Scenes 1, 2, 3)
C1 The Forest Of Morois (Scenes 4, 5)
Part 3
C2 The Death (Scenes 1, 2, 3)
D1 The Death (Scenes 4 Trough 7)
D2 Epilogue


  • Alto Clarinet [1] – Heinz Wigand
  • Alto Clarinet [2] – Fritz Albert
  • Alto Vocals [1], Performer [Isolde Of The White Hands] – Helene Morath
  • Alto Vocals [2], Performer [Isolde´s Mother] – M. L. DeMontmollin*
  • Alto Vocals [3] – Vera Diakoff
  • Baritone Vocals [1], Performer [King Mark] – Heinz Rehfuss
  • Baritone Vocals [2], Performer [Duke Hoel] – Andre Vessieres*
  • Bass Vocals – Derrik Olsen
  • Cello [Violoncello 1] – Antonio Tusa
  • Cello [Violoncello 2] – Carlheinz Jucker
  • Composed By – Frank Martin
  • Conductor – Victor Desarzens
  • Contrabass – Klaus Holzmann
  • Cover – Harry Farmlett
  • Piano – Frank Martin
  • Script By – Joseph Bédier
  • Soprano Vocals [1] – Basia Retchitzka
  • Soprano Vocals [2], Performer [Isolde] – Nata Tuscher*
  • Soprano Vocals [3], Performer [Brangane] – Adrienne Comte
  • Tenor Vocals [1] – Oleg DeNyzankowskyj
  • Tenor Vocals [2], Performer [Tristan] – Eric Tappy
  • Tenor Vocals [3], Performer [Kaherdin] – Hans Jonelli
  • Violin [1] – Peter Rybar
  • Violin [2] – Clemens Dahinden


Gatefold Sleeve
Premiere Recording

Recorded in Lausanne during the first two Weeks of September 1961 under the supervision of the Composer.

Includes a Booklet where the Text is printed on.

Record 1 has A and D Side
Record 2 has B and C Side

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A): W 232 A LW
  • Matrix / Runout (B): W 232 B LW
  • Matrix / Runout (C): W 232 C LW
  • Matrix / Runout (D): W 232 D LW

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
581/82 Frank Martin , Mitglieder des Winterthurer Stadtorchesters*, Victor Desarzens Frank Martin , Mitglieder des Winterthurer Stadtorchesters*, Victor Desarzens - Le Vin Herbé ‎(2xLP) Jecklin-Disco 581/82 Switzerland 1983

Le Vin herbé is in three parts, framed with a Prologue and an Epilogue. It is a tale of love and death, but one that is not overtly theatrical; a far cry musically from Wagner's interpretation in Tristan und Isolde. In this performance James Southall conducts the Welsh National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, who are joined by the soloists Caitlin Hulcup, Tom Randle and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. Andrew McGregor presents this opera, and is joined by Nigel Simeone to discuss this haunting and concentrated work about love. Caitlin Hulcup (mezzo soprano) Tristan

Frank Martin: Le Vin herbé. Year of composition: 1938/1941. 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

The combination of chastity and passion aptly characterizes Le vin herbé, Martin's 1941 secular chamber oratorio for 12 singers, seven strings, and piano. Martin's lovers are far closer in affect and musical reserve to Pelléas and Mélisande, innocents whose passion for each other brings them more confusion and anxiety than ecstasy. This recording reveals Le vin herbé as the masterpiece it is, and ought to bring it the broader public attention it deserves. Track Listing - Disc 1.

Frank Martin’s Tristan adaptation, situated between opera and oratorio, is here offered in a live recording of the world-première production of the stage version, sung in German. It is a historic performance in every sense, performed by great singers and conducted by a master of the style. Digitally remastered. Julius Patzak (Tristan), Maria Cebotari (Isot), Endré Koréh (König Marke), Hilde Zadek (Brangäne), Maria Ilosvay (Die Mutter Isots), Dagmar Hermann (Isot die Weißhändige), Alfred Poell (Sprecher), Wilhelm Friedrich (Kaherdin) & Karl Dönch (Herzog von Hoël)

'LE VIN HERBE'' is an oratorio. based on transcendent erotic themes, so to come upon it presented by an opera company in a church raises immediate doubts and expectations. This staging of Frank Martin's music and its treatment of the Tristan legend was by the New York Lyric Opera Company, and it played Friday night within the giant space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Le Vin Herbe Oratorio in Three Acts Premiere Recording Conducted By Victor Desarzens At the Piano the Composer Frank Martin. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Don't see what you're looking for? Ask the Community.

Frank Martin (15 September 1890 – 21 November 1974) was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands. Born into a Huguenot family in the Eaux-Vives quarter of Geneva, the youngest of the ten children of a Calvinist pastor named Charles Martin, Frank Martin started to improvise on the piano prior to his formal schooling. At the age of nine he had already written a few songs without external musical instruction