Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

Komponisten-Portrait

Beat Furrer’s art of composition is like an exploration of fundamental principles, an exploration that is made accessible in the work and through the act of hearing it. Aggregate states in sound, musical processes, the nature of time itself and the contrast between the subject and the world are the topics of his works – though they are at the same time expressive snapshots of the mome...

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Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Kammermusik

For American art music, the 1920s were a decade characterized by a basic criticism of tradition and an optimistic opening up to Modernism. However, around 1930 a distinct change of direction became apparent, the reason being the economic collapse and the concomitant political changes. A call for a comprehensible musical language that everyone could understand now became more audible; this was j...

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Daniel Ott - klangkörperklang

Daniel Ott - klangkörperklang

zum Klangkörper von Peter Zumthor

The Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000 is first and foremost an experience for the senses. Architecture, Lightscripts, Music Drinking and Eating and Sound Box Clothing combine to form a Gesamtkunstwerk, which is organised and sustained by the tension of an invisible mise-en-scene direction. It is a non-stop feature of the Sound Box, involving some 350 musicians from all around the world. All cultu...

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Das Neue Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Projekt

Das Neue Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Projekt

Das Appenzeller Universum zwischen Volks- und Kunstmusik

Based on musical elements of the "Appenzell universe" and taking into consideration the musicians' vast potential, this project follows new paths, as far as both form and instrumental technique are concerned. The musicians have taken great care in choosing and arranging the pieces in order to meet with the high level of the wonderful jewels which traditional Appenzell music has to off...

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Dutilleux - Rappaz - Ligeti

Dutilleux - Rappaz - Ligeti

Streichquartette

The Ortys Quartet first gathered in Geneva in 1993. Wishing to satisfy its public with a wide approach to music, the ensemble offers an eclectic repertoire, including classical as well as numerous contemporary pieces. The Ortys Quartet has premiered several works by Swiss composers. Over the past years, the ensemble has won prizes at the AMS competition (1995) and the Trapani competition (Italy...

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Emil Frey

Emil Frey

Klavierwerke

Emil Frey's oeuvre comprises 102 opus numbers, of which only a small number have been published, and they range from piano miniatures to piano suites, chamber music, orchestral works and large-scale choral pieces. Nevertheless, Frey's music for piano solo is central to his oeuvre and impresses one on account of its formal and stylistic variety as much as by its colourful, iridescent aesthetic.

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Klavierquintette

Bloch's First Piano Qunitet is still rarely played, though all experts seem to be at one in acknowledging its exceptional quality. The American musicologist and pianist Olin Downes regards it as 'the greatest work in its form since the piano quintets of Brahms and César Frank'. Bloch had first turned to twelve-note techniques in his Third String Quartet, written in 1952 at the age of 72, and wa...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Kammermusikwerke für Violoncello

The young Swiss violoncellist Chiara Enderle (born in 1992) was laureate of Migros Culture Percentage study prize and recorded for Musiques Suisses the three Suites for solo cello as well as three other chamber music works with cello by Ernest Bloch. Bloch wrote the Suites during the last years of his life when, for reasons of health, he endeavoured to attain a more economic way of writing, ...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Musique de chambre

Although there exists relatively few pieces of chamber music by Frank Martin they recommend themselves by the high quality which characterizes the whole production of this most demanding of masters. It includes one of the greatest masterpieces, the unique String Quartet  (1966-1967), unique also in this period, as the rest belongs mostly to the time between 1913 and 1936. If this quartet i...

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Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Streichquartette

Many people in the German-speaking countries know a work by Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich without ever having heard his name – he’s the composer of the song “Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen” to a text by Joseph von Eichendorff, which was a hit that was included in every song book until the early 20th century. This song’s popularity surely lies in Fröhlich’s singable but by no means simple melo...

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Fritz Brun - Othmar Schoeck

Fritz Brun - Othmar Schoeck

Streichquartette

The 'late Romantics' Othmar Schoeck and Fritz Brun are both regarded as typical examples of how Swiss music was 'behind the times'. Schoeck completed his quartet op. 37 in 1923, shortly after he had been first confronted with musical Modernism at the chamber music festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music in Salzburg. In his letters, Schoeck expressly recognized the innovativ...

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GAS

GAS

GREAT AMERICAN SONGS

Nowadays, when a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer decide to play "Great American Songs", they enter into a tradition that is not to be taken lightly. Improvisations based on songs have been a favourite occupation of jazz musicians for many decades, and the list of "definitive" song interpretations is accordingly long. In the field of the jazz piano trio, we hear t...

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Gaspard Fritz

Gaspard Fritz

Sinfonien I und II, op. 6 - Violinkonzert

The violinist Philippe Fritz (1689–1744) came from Celle in Lower Saxony and settled in Geneva at the age of twenty. It was there that he married Jeanne Guibourdance. Four years later, on 18 February 1716, their son Gaspard was born. His first violin lessons were presumably given him by his father, and in the 1730s the young Gaspard studied in Turin with Giovanni Battista Somis, a wellknown ...

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Gaudibert - Meier - Mieg

Gaudibert - Meier - Mieg

Konzerte

Three exemplary concerts for chamber orchestra of three composers of the 20th century.

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George Crumb

George Crumb

MAKROKOSMOS I + II

George Crumb wrote Macrocosmos, 12 pieces after the signs of the Zodiac for amplified piano in 1972, and the following year added a second set under the same title. Each of these 24 pieces is dedicated to a person born under the respective sign, whose initials appear as a dedication in the score. The result is a connection between music and astrology, the nature of which varies according to the...

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Hans Georg Nägeli

Hans Georg Nägeli

Verleger und Komponist

A publisher, music educator, composer, journalist, poet and politician. Without overstatement, we can certainly describe Hans Georg Nägeli (1773-1836) as one of the most versatile, significant figures in Swiss intellectual life in the early 19th century. The manner in which Beethoven customarily addressed him in his letters speaks for Nägeli's local and, indeed, European fame: 'To H. v. Nägeli ...

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Hans Huber

Hans Huber

Quintett und Sextett für Bläser und Klavier

Along with Hermann Suter and Friedrich Hegar, Hans Huber was one of the leading musical personalities in German-speaking Switzerland at the turn of the 20th century. Huber composed his Sextet in 1898 at a very busy time when he was giving private lessons, fulfilling various offices and also directing the Basle Gesangverein. The Sextet was given its first performance on 11 June 1900 as part of a...

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Hans Huber

Hans Huber

Klavierquintett Nr. 1 g-Moll, op. 111; Klavierquartett Nr. 2 E-Dur "Waldlieder", op. 117

When the Swiss Musicians' Association (SMA) was founded in 1900, no other musician was as much at the centre of attention at its festival concerts in Zurich than the composer, pianist and music educator Hans Huber, who at the time was a resident of Basle. His conducting of the Basle symphony concerts and of the Basle Choral Society from 1899 to 1902 secured his high reputation. But just a ...

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János Tamás

János Tamás

Kammermusik

The music world was hardly aware of whom it had lost when Janos Tamas committed suicide in November 1995. He had been born in Hungary, had lived in Switzerland since 1955, and had developed a varied field of activity, working as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. He was highly regarded by his circle of friends, students and admirers. The four chamber works that are recorded here date f...

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Jean Perrin

Jean Perrin

Oeuvres pour piano

Jean-François Antonioli was born in 1959, has been invited in the course of his career as pianist and conductor to some twenty countries on the four continents. Studies in Lausanne and Paris (with Pierre Sancan), master-classes with Bruno Seidlhofer (Vienna) and Carlo Zecchi (Rome). Has recorded some twenty CDs for various companies (Claves, Timpani, Cascavelle, Musikszene Schweiz etc), tw...

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