Am Bruch zur Moderne

Am Bruch zur Moderne

Schweizer Lieder nach 1900

Swiss songs after 1900 “The Swiss tend more to yodelling than to cubism” wrote the Dadaist Hugo Ball in 1916. This cliché of early modern Switzerland being averse to artistic progress, limping behind all others, has proven durable, though the truth was of course not so straightforward. Most leading Swiss composers from the turn of the century onwards studied at the big conservatories ...

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Anny Roth-Dalbert

Anny Roth-Dalbert

Ausgewählte Werke

She has witnessed a whole century of music and world history. Anne Roth-Dalbert, by profession pianist, conductor and composer, celebrated her 100th birthday on 12 October 2000. Music was and remains her elixir of life. In the Engadine, where she has lived since her marriage, she has been a pioneer in building up the local music life. And today, she still sits daily at her piano, improvisi...

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Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Johannes Heer was born in Glarus around 1489 and died in the same place in 1553. Heer was the first of Glarus' sons to study at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1508 to 1516. He completed his song book during his studies. After successfully completing his studies at the faculty of arts, Heer turned to theology, as was customary, and became a highly respected chaplain in Glarus. He was an intimate of ...

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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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Canti Gregoriani

Canti Gregoriani

I Cantori della Turrita

I Cantori della Turrita was founded as a boys' choir in Bellinzona over seventy years ago. Under Eros Beltraminelli, its director since 1972, it has evolved into a choir for young women. After a short period of time, the choir reached a high level of performance and worldwide acclaim. It already has performed in 15 countries on 2 continents. The current ensemble consists of choristers most...

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Chriesibaum im Jahresring

Chriesibaum im Jahresring

Eine Wanderung durch alpine Klangwelten

The idea of 'Cherry Tree in the Ring of the Year' was born after the invitation from the Braunwald Music Festival to conceive and realize a work on the theme of music and nature. After preliminary conversations and rehearsals, it became clear to the four musicians from quite different stylistic directions that the wonderful collection of texts by Georg Thürer provided them with a central theme ...

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Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi

Madrigali

The name of Edwin Loehrer (1906-1991) is closely bound up with the Monteverdi renaissance of the 1950s and '60s - several decades before Monteverdi's operas achieved a breakthrough on the stage thanks to Ponnelle and Harnoncourt at the Zurich Opera House in the 1980s. The LP recordings of Monteverdi's madrigals that Edwin Loehrer made with the "Società cameristica di Lugano" (a group ...

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Da Pacem

Da Pacem

Vokalmusik zum Thema Frieden

The Basle Madrigalists were founded in 1978. They have very rapidly established themselves as one of the leading vocal ensembles in Switzerland. The ensemble promotes ancient and contemporary music, and is particularly active in the rediscovery of undeservedly forgotten works. Their programs are generally organized around a central theme. The present recording presents five works having th...

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Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Musikbücher des Basler Juristen Bonifacius Amerbach

Bonifacius was to become the most famous member of the prominent family of Amerbach. A friend of Erasmus since his youth, Bonifacius was responsible for the estate of the great humanist after his death. He began at an early age to collect music books. These music books testify to the cosmopolitan taste of their young owner, for they contain vocal and instrumental works whose provenance ran...

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Fortunat Frölich

Fortunat Frölich

Leh Ya Jarè

Leh Ya Jarè' is an Arab expression meaning 'Why, oh my neighbour?!'  It serves as a title for our project, and is to be understood in a thoroughly programmatic sense: 'Why, oh my neighbour?! Is something wrong? Do we have a problem?' 'Leh Ya Jarè' is a project of meeting. It is not a through-composed work, but more of a concept that essentially places the fear of foreigners onto a cul...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Werke mit Gitarre

The idea behind his four-movement, suite-like cycle for guitar that later was given the title 'Four short pieces' came from the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia (1893-1987). Martin had returned to his hometown of Geneva in 1924 after two years spent in Paris, and it was in Geneva that Segovia also settled in the early 1930s. He was already one of the best-known musicians of his day, whereas Mar...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Cantate pour le temps de Noël - Trois Chants de Noël

When Frank Martin decided to write this Cantata, he had only just discovered the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, and was deeply struck by them: 'It was like a revelation to me, a deeply moving experience'. The relationship of this work to this genre of art is obvious: there are principals (soli) who are conceived statically, above a sparkling, colourful background (the orchestra). Even the influe...

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Franz Tischhauser

Franz Tischhauser

Die drei Morgensterniaden

The creation of the three Morgensterniads spans almost half a century. In 1937 the sixteen-year old set to music his favorite poems from the songbook for children "Klein Irmchen". In 1950 the St. Gall chamber choir's wish for an a cappella composition inspired the next dip into the complex Morgenstern source. Seven of the most striking Galgenlieder (gibbet songs) were gathered into a ...

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Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Miserere - Motetten

In the year of the 170th anniversary of Theodor Fröhlich's death, we were able to fulfil his long-held desire, and perform his Miserere and four of his motets. Fröhlich left behind two manuscript volumes of motets. The first was written during his second stay in Berlin, from May 1827 to December 1829. The second volume, written from October 1830 to August 1835, was finished in Aarau. The 'Miser...

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Fröhlich - Goetz - Huber

Fröhlich - Goetz - Huber

Liederquartette

The Zurich Vocal Quartet was formed in 1988 for a chamber music competition organized by the Migros Corporation. As a prize-winner, it was immediately engaged for a Swiss tour with the famous pianist and accompanist Irwin Gage. In the ten years since its inception, the Quartet has given concerts in the Zurich Tonhalle, in the Zurich concert cycle 'Friends of the Lied' and at the Arezzo Festival...

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Im Öpfel schloft en Baum

Im Öpfel schloft en Baum

E Gschicht vom Linard Bardill mit Musig us der Schwiiz

As the producer of a CD series that is largely devoted to releasing music removed from the mainstream, the record label Musiques Suisses constantly thinks about how to bring its treasures - some of them magnificent pieces of music - to a broader audience, also to a younger audience. Then came the idea of letting a storyteller beloved by children and parents alike - such as Linard Bardill - take...

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Les Délices de la Suisse

Les Délices de la Suisse

Gitarrenlieder aus der Schweiz

Whoever wanted to become a musician in Ferdinand Huber's lifetime had to prove himself on what was at the time the fashionable instrument among the intellectuals - the instrument that smacked of freedom, brotherhood, simplicity, naturalness and folksiness. Huber's topics had their roots in the ideals and virtues of the Biedermeier, and dwell on the myth of rustic simplicity, frugality and relig...

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Lieder von Schweizer Komponisten

Lieder von Schweizer Komponisten

OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957), WERNER WEHRLI

Although the Lied for solo voice and piano was of only marginal importance in Switzerland, Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957), an ingeniously lyrical composer from Brunnen, developed it to a high artistic form. While he was initially greatly influenced by German Lied composers such as Brahms, Schubert and Wolf and inspired first and foremost by German poetry, Schoeck discovered his own, unmistakable mu...

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Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Cantus coagulatus - vierstimmige Kompositionen für Messe und Offizium für das Kloster St. Gallen (um 1560)

What is special about Barbarini’s compositions is not their polyphony in itself, but how they are presented. Except in a few cases, the plainchant on which each piece is based is notated in Gothic neumes in the tenor part, while the surrounding parts – Discantus, Altus and Bassus – are written in white mensural notation. The rhythm of the tenor is such that every note of the plainchant is giv...

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Meier - Schostakowitsch - Wellesz

Meier - Schostakowitsch - Wellesz

Liederzyklen für Bass und Klavier

The title of Jost Meier’s song cycle “In these sunny days…” is misleading, for the text continues immediately with: “let us go down into the shafts”. In fact, the texts all move downwards, into the realm of darkness, death, down into the earth – a place of decay as much as it is the starting point of life. It was perhaps this ambivalence that fascinated...

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