Juon - Martin - Schnyder

Juon - Martin - Schnyder

Klaviertrios

The present recording of the Swiss Piano Trio unites three very different works by Swiss composers: two from the first half of the 20th century - Paul Juon's Litaniae op. 70 and Frank Martin's Trio on Irish folk melodies - and Daniel Schnyder's Piano Trio of 1999/2000, written on the cusp of the 21st century. Despite their being roughly contemporaneous, there are major stylistic differences bet...

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Juon - Schoeck - Müller

Juon - Schoeck - Müller

Werke für Violoncello und Klavier

At first glance, the present programme of works, contrasting late-Romantic and contemporary Swiss composers, might seem odd. But once one knows that a creative engagement with the folk music of their respective homelands was for Paul Juon and Fabian Müller equally important, playing a role that was at times stylistically decisive, then it becomes clear that they have fundamental matters in comm...

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Jürg Frey

Jürg Frey

Komponisten-Protrait

Three pieces from Jürg Frey’s recent oeuvre are to be found on this portrait CD. These pieces are linked to each other in many ways – through their instrumentation (saxophone quartet or piano quartet), through their forms (canons, repetitions, chordal patterns and a degree of singlemindedness), through their harmonic structures and the shape of their lines, their slow tempi and their quietness,...

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La Rosière Républicaine

La Rosière Républicaine

Various composers

When we speak of the music of the last decades of the 18th century, the first composers we mention are usually the three "Viennese Classics" Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. While this was indeed one of the highlights of musical history, we appear - especially in our musical activities - to have completely forgotten it was also a period of experimentation. Industrial renewal and the Frenc...

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Martin - Honegger - Burkhard

Martin - Honegger - Burkhard

Werke für Violoncello und Klavier

This CD presents cello sonatas by three of the most important Swiss composers from the first half of the 20th century. Even though Willy Burkhard, Frank Martin and Arthur Honegger all come from the same country, attempts to find a typical 'Swiss music style' in their works will be in vain, because such a style does not really exist. Arthur Honegger spent the greater part of his life in France, ...

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Martin Jaggi

Martin Jaggi

Komponisten-Portrait

Martin Jaggi was born in Basel in 1978. He began playing the cello at the age of seven and was given his first composition lessons by his father, the composer Rudolf Jaggi. He studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn from 1995 to 1996, and then from 1996 to 2000 he studied the cello with Reinhard Latzko and composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Basel Music Academy. He then studied f...

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Martin Schlumpf

Martin Schlumpf

VIER JAHRESZEITEN

To come into being and to pass away; to bud, to blossom, to reap, and to wither, to die, to lie fallow... the eternal cycle of the seasons, the play of colours, the barely-perceptible changes, the scents, the rare discontinuities, the wide spaces, the wind... music generally enfolding in a slow, continual process; with occasional sidelong glances; with motives that are frequently superimposed; ...

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Michael Pelzel

Michael Pelzel

Komponisten-Portrait

“Just listen carefully! And let yourself be swept along!” is what one would most like to say about Michael Pelzel’s music, and then forgo any further commentary or attempt to talk about it. This is rare in contemporary music! Usually, there’s a lot that has to be explained, suitable metaphors have to be sought to try and convey what to listen for, and you have to keep telling the listener to ...

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Musica Veglia in Engiadina

Musica Veglia in Engiadina

Alte Musik im Engadin

The library of the Planta Foundation in the alpine village of Samedan contains numerous interesting musical manuscripts dating from the 16th to the 19th century. These manuscripts are evidence of the interest of influential Engadine families for the secular instrumental music of their time. These manuscripts are the earliest source of instrumental music in the Engadine and show an orientation t...

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Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

Sommernacht - Sonate für Bassklarinette und Orchester - Penthesilea-Suite - Besuch in Urach

Schoeck was brilliant at first drafts. His operas Venus and Schloss Dürande were finished at a feverish tempo, essentially before the libretti were completed. Such a phenomenal process of sound-sculpting aims to go directly to the very core of the matter, to the essentials. The process of fine tuning – making sure that everything sits properly – was of secondary importance to him. That’s why m...

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Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

Sämtliche Klavierwerke

Schoeck is primarily known as a composer in the German Lied tradition. More than three hundred Lieder for voice and piano, composed over a period of almost sixty years, form the backbone of his output. When one considers the fact that Schoeck earned his living not merely as a conductor, but also as a pianist, it might seem surprising that he has left us but a small number of works for his instr...

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Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

Sonaten für Violine und Klavier

Schoeck is primarily known as a composer in the German lied tradition. When one considers that Schoeck made his living primarily as a conductor and piano accompanist, it may seem surprising that he composed relatively little instrumental music. There are few works for solo piano that date from the beginning and the end of his composing career respectively (MGB CD 6146); otherwise, his instrumen...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

ARABESKEN OP. 73

Paul Juon was born on 8 March 1872 in Moscow, though as a Swiss national. He studied first as a violinist, then later took composition lessons from Sergei Taneyev and Anton Arensky in Moscow, and from Woldemar Bargiel in Berlin. He spent the greater part of his life in the latter city, where he was also active as a teacher of composition. After his retirement in 1934, he moved to Vevey on Lake ...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Sämtliche Streichquartette

For his first essay in the quartet genre Paul Juon had a bright idea with regard to its formal layout. He overcame the traditional four-movement plan by inserting an Intermezzo between the Scherzo and the Finale. His First String Quartet in D Major op. 5, composed in Baku in 1896, is marked by further special characteristics. With its considerable opulence in sound and its expansion in length (...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Klavierquartette

The first movement of op. 37, with its bold, recitative-like cello theme, could on its own deserve to bear the title 'Rhapsody'. The final movement, which is in many sections and is in formal terms highly complex, once more passes by all the landscapes touched upon by the previous movements. It is a prime example of how Juon understands how to unify heterogeneous elements into a conclusive, ori...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Silhouettes op. 9 und op. 43 - Sieben kleine Tondichtungen op. 81

Paul Juon is in many senses a man who “crossed boundaries”. It’s obviously true in a geographical sense, and in that he lived in a world of radical political change. But it’s also true in musical terms. He lived and worked in both Romanticism and Modernism, East and West. His successful endeavours to achieve a musical language of his own can be heard in his music, and is another reason for the ...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Klavierwerke

Paul Juon was born in Moscow, as Pawel Fedorovitch Juon, on 8 March 1872. His roots went deep into the Russian music that surrounded him in his childhood years. With the development of metrical rows in 1904 in his Dance Rhythms op. 24 for piano duet, he prepared the way for the 'variable metres' of Boris Blacher (1903-1974), developed half a century later. With this, and with his efforts to ach...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Quintett op. 33 - Kammersinfonie op. 27

With his Chamber Symphony op. 27, published in 1905, Paul Juon ventured a considerable step forwards. At least for the moment, he left behind him the opulent sonorities of the Late Romantics and their tendencies to hypertrophy, and entered new territory in exemplary manner with a reduction in his palette of sound that was well-nigh radical in scope. The First Piano Quintet op. 33 was published ...

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Peter Mieg

Peter Mieg

Ausgewählte Werke

This rediscovery of the composer, which is grounded in two pre-War works, namely the String Trio of 1937 and the String Quartet of 1938, could certainly have further repercussions, for there is a whole series of the composer's early works that have never been performed. Here, we get to know a young composer, just thirty years old, who is representative of the cutting-edge of the musical develop...

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Quatuors Suisses Pour Instruments à Anches

Quatuors Suisses Pour Instruments à Anches

Quatuor Francis Poulenc

The pastoral charm of the oboe, the sweet volubility of the clarinet, the languorous timbre of the alto and tenor saxophones and the warm, round tone of the bassoon. The quartet of reed instruments has at its disposal a broad palette of sonorities, which is on this CD enriched even further by the singular colours of the cor anglais and the bass clarinet. The Francis Poulenc Quartet was founded ...

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