Bella presents a recital as the artistic product of her research project, which centres a triangle exploration between the composer Frank Martin and the legendary pianist, Dinu Lipatti. She will perform works of Bach, Dutilleux and Frank Martin in this recital.
Many prominent musicians have high regard for Frank Martin (1890-1974). Yehudi Menuhin claimed that when he played the Polyptyqueby Frank Martin, he felt the ‘same responsibility’ and ‘same exaltation’ as when he played Bach’s Chaconne. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau described Martin’s work as standing firmly as a rock that upholds credence in the future of music. Pierre Fournier described Frank Martin as belonging to the ‘elite of the music world due solely to his creative genius, nurtured by the silent meditation in his world and by the fervor of his faith.’ Swiss conductor, Ernest Ansermet commented on Martin’s courage to confront and challenge musical language in his era, challenging the norms to beyond those of his time, and Martin’s contribution to musical language is of ‘universal consequence’ – a significant accolade for any composer. Paul Badura-Skoda (for whom Martin wrote two of his piano works) described his works as having the immense privilege of not only admirable but loved, a rare occurrence in the world of music.
Bach Toccata in G major
Dutilleux Piano Sonata, Choral et Variations
Frank Martin Eight Piano Preludes