Mein blaues Klavier

Mein blaues Klavier

Schweizer Lieder - Noëmi Nadelmann / Oliver Schnyder

The Swiss composer Leo Nadelmann (1913-1998) was born in Biel. He possessed an immense strength that displayed itself not just in his extremely broad spectrum of compositional activity, but encompassed his whole being. His intensive career as a pianist took him in particular to America, where he also lived after the Second World War. After returning to Switzerland, he was from 1965 to 1978 Head...

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Mörike-Vertonungen aus der Schweiz

Mörike-Vertonungen aus der Schweiz

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Eduard Friedrich Mörike (1804-1875)

The southern German poet Eduard Friedrich Mörike (1804-1875) was one of the most significant poets between Romanticism and Realism. Mörike's work was received in various contradictory ways. It was either admired uncritically, or criticized for being conventional or even backward-looking when compared with the other poets of his age. Whatever one thinks of Mörike: the wonderful, atmospheric pict...

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Musicalische Artztney

Musicalische Artztney

Hausmusik im humanistischen Basel

The Basel Doctor Felix Platter (1534-1614) was a passionate lute player and considered music as having healing properties. He did translations and wrote paraphrases and new texts for compositions widespread in Europe at the time. He collected these texts in a volume of poetry titled Collection of all kinds of funny (i.e. happy) poems, now in the University Library of Basle. The musicians of thi...

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Musik aus Schweizer Klöstern mit Tromba Marina

Musik aus Schweizer Klöstern mit Tromba Marina

Kompositonen von Frank Niklaus Jakob, Wolfgang Iten, Anonym, Michael Bürgin, Marianus Königsperger, Johann Friedrich Korb und Nescio

Tromba marina - Even more than its appearance, it is the instrument's sound that makes it so peculiar. Although it is a string instrument, it sounds like a trumpet. The reason for this is its asymmetrical, shoe-shaped bridge. The tromba marina was in use from the first half of the 17th century until into the 19th. In central Europe, it was widely used and not at all as rare as we assume today. ...

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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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Pierre Maurice

Pierre Maurice

oeuvres choisies

The quality of his music puts Pierre Maurice in the front rank of the composers, both German- and French- speaking, who enriched - often notably enriched - Switzerland's musical heritage at the turn of the 20th century. It has been too long ignored. Thanks to Ursula Wick, backed in her initiative by the composer's grandson, François Maurice, these splendid scores have been brought back to life....

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

im Schweizer Exil

This CD features the first-ever recording of Siegfrieds Tod (Siegfried's Death) written in 1850 as well as songs and piano works of Swiss friends and colleagues of Wagner. It is published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Wagner's arrival in Zurich after the failed Dresden uprising of 1849. As with the CD "Zurich Composers in Richard Wagner's Circle" (MGB CD 6153), so t...

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Richard Wagner  und seine Zürcher Komponistenfreunde

Richard Wagner und seine Zürcher Komponistenfreunde

Klavierstücke und Lieder von Wilhelm Baumgartner

When Richard Wagner fled to Zurich on account of his activities in the failed Dresden uprising of May 1849, he did not intend to stay for long. Zurich had neither an opera company to satisfy the celebrated royal capellmeister nor a music-loving prince who might have founded one. The only orchestra in Zurich was run by the local music society and comprised some two dozen musicians, most of them ...

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Robert Lucas Pearsall

Robert Lucas Pearsall

Lay a Garland - Doppelchörige Madrigale

Robert Lucas Pearsall was a true English Renaissance Polymath - but for the fact that he lived in the 19th C! For all his pronounced 'Englishness', Pearsall chose to spend his last fourteen years in Switzerland, in a schloss by a beautiful lake. There he embraced Switzerland as his preferred, adopted home - and from where many of his finest last works were written. This CD is devoted to his lif...

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Robert Walser in der Schweizer Musik

Robert Walser in der Schweizer Musik

...With music, I always only have the one impression: something's missing. I shall never find out the reason for this gentle sadness, and shall never want to find it out...' Walser himself said he was 'indescribably unsuccessful', but was highly regarded by authors such as Kafka and Benjamin. Nevertheless, right until his death, he remained a literary outsider, known just amongst the cognoscent...

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Schubert, Brahms und Schumann

Schubert, Brahms und Schumann

Duette und Quartette

The famous accompanist Irwin Gage assembled four young Swiss singers (all of them winners of the Migros culture percentage scholarship). His aim was to perform the rare genre of the Kunstlied (art song). The present recording includes a wide selection of polyphonic Lieder from three of the most important composers of the Romantic period: Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

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Schweizer Lautenmusik der Renaissance

Schweizer Lautenmusik der Renaissance

Lautenmusik aus Schweizer Handschriften des 16. Jahrhunderts

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the lute outdid all other music instruments as the most perfect instrument of fashion, such that it was accorded the title regina omnium instrumentorum musicorum ('queen of all musical instruments'). Even though there were in Switzerland no royal or aristocratic families who sought to surpass each other in cultural or spiritual matters, the lute s...

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Spielmannsweisen

Spielmannsweisen

Schweizer Lieder zwischen Romantik und Moderne

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, German Switzerland was a real stronghold of song composing, though this fact has received little attention to this day in the 'official' version of Swiss music history (except in the case of its most outstanding representative, Othmar Schoeck). This compilation presents songs from composers such as Peter Mieg, Friedrich Hegar, Willy Burkhard, Hans Hube...

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S'sch mr alles 1 Ding

S'sch mr alles 1 Ding

Ver-rückte Volksliedarrangements von Javier Hagen

It is fascinating how folksongs are celebrated in their beauty, but on the other hand are made accessible to our modern understanding through the means of alienation and displacement. It is also fascinating how carefully the quartet deals with those moments in the folksong that create its identity. For there, they tread on awkward ground - a minefield, as it were. There, where in the "...

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Walter Courvoisier

Walter Courvoisier

Lieder und Klavierwerke

Walter Couvoisier's prominence as a teacher has somewhat obscured his achievements as a composer. It was in the field of vocal music that Courvoisier was most active, writing three stage works, several choral pieces and some two hundred songs. It should not surprise us that his primary influences were German, nor that he followed his father-in-law and mentor in eschewing Modernism. His earlier ...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Lieder

Whereas Willy Burkhard's early songs op. 4, 5 and 6 still show the composer in the process of freeing himself from the Romantic tradition in some respects, his own personal style is much more firmly established in the Ten Songs op. 25. The gain in artistic independence since the early songs is at once evidnet in the choice of texts. The poems set to music here are by Alfred Fankhauser, Knud Ham...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Geistliche Musik

Sacred music forms one of the basic pillars of Burkhard's compositional oeuvre; indeed, the liturgical use of his works was a matter of great concern to him. Burkhard's repeated use of psalms in these compositions makes evident his profession of religious faith, and illuminates his understanding of life. His deep religiosity played a contributory role in the fact that Burkhard the composer was ...

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