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In performance: Choral Arts Society's "surround sound"

In today's Washington Post: For the Choral Arts Society, what goes around finally comes around, by Cecelia Porter.

By Anne Midgette  |  November 17, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  local reviews  
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So no one's going to defend Frank Martin? To my regret, I have not heard the Mass for Double Choir, but what I've heard of his is pretty cool.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 18, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Your honor, I will. I believe that Frank Martin's opera 'The Tempest' will be regarded as a 20th c. operatic masterpiece in one hundred years time (although not a towering masterpiece), and that he perhaps will get his due, as will, perhaps, Henry Purcell.

Many local choruses have performed Martin's Mass for Double Choir, and I believe that many of those performances were reviewed, at least in brief, by the Washington Post culture staff.

Also see Winton Dean "Operas on 'The Tempest'" in Musical Times 1964

Posted by: snaketime1 | November 18, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

It's odd that this review did not mention Spem in alium. Wasn't it the central work on the program?

Posted by: zannieb | November 18, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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