Adolf Brunner

Adolf Brunner

Markus-Passion

Adolf Brunner wrote orchestral, choral and chamber music. A particular concern was the renewal of Protestant church music. He died in Thalwil in 1992. The present work was played in 1985. It was written for soloists, two choirs, orchestra and organ: "This recording is of particular value, because I was present at all stages during its preparation, and was completely satisfied with the resu...

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Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

Der Tod und das Mädchen - Oper in sechs Szenen

While zapping at the TV, I came by chance on the actress Sigourney Weaver. After ten minutes of being transfixed to the screen, I knew that this was a topic for an opera. I saw the name of the author of the film script in the closing credits - Ariel Dorfman. That was in the summer of 2000. From this day onwards, I was obsessed by the vision of an opera on Death and the Maiden. I was able to get...

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Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Der Sandmann - Oper in 10 Szenen

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s music traces human feelings highly precisely. It is full of emotion, strength, vibrancy and clarity. This is truly a music for the theatre! But in his case, as with many others, this phenomenon is not confined to the genre of opera . Yet in opera, not least in a narrative opera such as Der Sandmann (“The Sandmann”), we are dealing in particular with the “psychology ...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

LES AVENTURES DU ROI PAUSOLE

When Arthur Honegger surprised the musical world with a genuine operetta, he gave the best possible proof of his creative imagination's exceptional diversity. Les Aventures du Roi Pausole was obviously composed with immense pleasure, and Honegger must have had great fun working on it: his friend Albert Willemetz's sparkling libretto certainly encouraged him. Willemetz based his wonderful libret...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

NICOLAS DE FLUE

On the surface, war and the threat of civil war form the dramatic focal points of Honegger's Nicolas de Flue, and in fact war itself casts its shadow upon the history of its first performance. The work was commissioned by Canton Neuchatel for the Swiss national exhibition of 1939 (the so-called 'Landi'), the libretto being written by Denis de Rougemont, and the music composed by Arthur Honegger...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

NARCISSUS

Beat Furrer was born in 1954 in Schaffhausen/Switzerland, from where in 1975 he went to Vienna, where he trained and found international success. In 1985 he founded the "Klangforum Wien" ensemble, of which he has been the conductor. Since 1991 Beat Furrer has been professor of composition at the Graz Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. Here, in 1994 Beat Furrer's second opera Na...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

DIE BLINDEN

Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, Beat Furrer's first opera "Die Blinden" was premiered with great success in 1989 at the Wien modern Festival. The Blind Ones, who do not exactly know where they are , wait for the return of their leader, a priest. Shortly before the end of the opera they find him dead. This, in a few words, is the plot of the "static drama" "The B...

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Carl Greith

Carl Greith

Der Heilige Gallus

Carl Greith was born in Aarau in 1828. He studied composition in Munich and Augsburg. He returned in 1847 to St Gall where he completed his first oratorio 'St Gall'. In 1850, the German conductor Hans von Bülow worked briefly as an opera capellmeister in St Gall, where he became acquainted with Greith's oratorio. Von Bülow wrote an enthusiastic review of Greith's music for the liberal Tagblatt ...

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Carlo Donato Cossoni

Carlo Donato Cossoni

Il Sacrificio d'Abramo

Carlo Donato Cossoni was born on 10 November 1623 in Gravedona by the banks of Lake Como. The most important stations of his professional life were his appointment as the first organist to the basilica of S. Petronio in Bologna and as the Kapellmeister at Milan Cathedral from 1984 to 1692. Differences of opinion with the Milanese Archbishop Federico Visconti led to his being suspendend twice, a...

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Cimarosa - Paër

Cimarosa - Paër

IL Maestro Di Cappella

The bass Fernando Corena (born 22 December 1916 in Geneva, died 26 November 1984 in Lugano) belongs among those very few Swiss singers who achieved triumphal success in the most important opera houses of the world. He had a broad repertoire that was dominated by comic roles, and Francesco Corena became identified with that rare type of voice known as the basso buffo, in which a rich timbre was ...

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Francesco Hoch

Francesco Hoch

The Magic Ring - Spettacolo musicale in un Prologo, Nove sedute e un Epilogo per tre voci femminili, tre voci maschili, tre chitarre elettriche, tre percussionisti e nastro magnetico a 8 canali

There is no real story told in The Magic Ring: there are eight scenes (of which the fifth is intended solely for the stage version), which are named ‘meetings’, which depict situations that refer to each other, and are strung together between the ‘Prologue’ and ‘Epilogue’. The world of the stock exchange as described in The Magic Ring reveals itself not merel...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Requiem

Martin's most important late work is his Requiem (1971-72). He succeeded in communicating his uplifting message to his fellow men in his own, personal, new musical language; and in doing so, he left us music that leads us again and again away from tension and fear to spiritual freedom.

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Golgotha (1945-1948) - Oratorium in zwei Teilen für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Orgel nach den Evangelien und Texten des Heiligen Augustinus

"In early 1945, an exhibition of the Geneva Museum of Fine Arts offered the opportunity to admire a wonderful collection of copper engravings by Rembrandt. Amongst these many masterpieces I found myself particularly impressed by three starkly different printings of a vision of Golgotha, under the title of 'The three crosses'. After seeing this picture, I was pursued by the desire to depict...

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Frank Martin / Adolf Brunner

Frank Martin / Adolf Brunner

Messe pour double choeur a cappella

"Except for the Agnus Dei, which was written in 1926, this Mass was composed in 1922. (...) It seemed to me that the expression of religious feelings ought to remain hidden, and had nothing to do with public opinion. So this score lay in a desk drawer for forty years..." (Frank Martin). Adolf Brunner wrote his Christmas Gospel after St Luke in 1963. This recording has been made in 199...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

DIE SCHWARZE SPINNE

With his first opera The Black Spider, written in 1935 on a commission from Radio Berne, Heinrich Sutermeister established himself as one of the pioneers of radio opera. Sutermeister summed up very concisely the specific demands made by this genre: "Radio opera is an opera that is designed for the ear alone, because it has to forgo the visual element. It has to be precise and vivid, so tha...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

Romeo und Julia - Oper in 2 Akten

Heinrich Sutermeister, whose opera Romeo and Juliet I premièred at the Dresden State Opera, is one of the greatest creative talents on the European music scene today'. This was how Karl Böhm recommended the young Swiss composer to his conducting colleagues in the 1940s. Shortly after its highly successful world premiere on 13 April 1940 in Dresden (with the famous Maria Cebotari in the role of ...

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Hermann Suter

Hermann Suter

LE LAUDI

Le Laudi, a full-length work for soloists, choir, boys voices, large orchestra and organ, is the crowning achievement and conclusion of Hermann Suter's career as a composer. Suter was the leading authority in the musical life of Basle at the beginning of the 20th century. The work is dedicated to "his" Basler Gesangverein on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. It was...

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Johann Melchior Gletle

Johann Melchior Gletle

Marienvesper

The exceptional quality of the music of J. M. Gletle has long been talked about in musical circles. But because there are no practical editions of his music, his works are almost never heard in the concert hall. On 17 April 1654, the Cathedral Chapter appointed 'Melchior Glötlen the organist of the cathedral to the post also of capellmeister'. Until his death on 2 September 1683, Gletle remaine...

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Klaus Huber

Klaus Huber

Schwarzerde - Bühnenwerk in neun Sequenzen. Libretto von Michael Schindhelm in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Komponisten nach Gedichten und Prosatexten von Ossip Mandelstam.

In Klaus Huber's oeuvre (that now spans half a century), there appear time and again entire series or groups of compositions that are connected in a more or less discernible manner. These are mostly fed by overlapping ideas, and culminate in a greater work that in turn represents the sum total of the previous experiences. The works that revolve around the person and work of Osip Madelstam relat...

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Ludwig Senfl

Ludwig Senfl

Missa Paschalis und Motetten

Ludwig Senfl was born in 1486, probably in Basle, and grew up in Zurich. He was only ten years old when he became a choirboy at the court chapel of Emperor Maximilian I. His works are well-documented, were already printed during his lifetime, and provide sufficient proof of the quality of his musical talent and of his exceptional, even unique position as court composer. In 1515, Senfl's being a...

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