Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

Penthesilea

In early 1924, Schoeck decided to set Kleist's original text to music. The whole exposition must be cut away, said Schoeck, and the opera must "rush past like a tempest". As for the music, he said in spring 1924 that "the harmonies will be extremely harsh, and there'll be little to hear of traditional tonality". Schoeck finished the score of "Penthesilea" in Decemb...

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Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

Venus

"The music is nostalgic and consuming, an homage to all that is beautiful, I am beside myself when I hear it" wrote Othmar Schoeck to his librettist Armin Rüeger. The passion and expressive immediacy of Venus stands on the divide between two creative phases and combines the best of both: the spontaneity of melodic invention which is typical of Schoeck's youthful lyricis...

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René Gerber

René Gerber

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été - Oper (2 CD)

The style of René Gerber is tonal, of a modal turn with traces of polytonality, and is situated in the French tradition. Possessed of clarity, and without excess, his compositional discourse accords to every instrument or group of instruments a specific role, occasionally solistic, even when situated in the heart of the orchestra. The opera A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in 1981. It is a...

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Richard Flury

Richard Flury

ST. URS UND ST. VICTOR

As a composer, Richard Flury had definite leanings towards the Late Romantic tradition, developing new directions within the boundaries of tonality, although he was always intent on letting himself be led by his natural musical impulses and feelings. Music was for him a romantic form of art, a language of emotion, and he was adverse to purely constructivist ideologies. If indeed his composition...

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

Manfred

In 1848 Schumann appeared to enjoy a period of complete absorption with composition. Having barely finished his opera Genoveva, he plunged into writing music for Manfred, a dramatic poem by Lord Byron that is taking place in the Swiss mountains. "Never before have I devoted to a new composition so much passion and energy" admitted the composer, while Clara Schumann noted in her person...

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Rolf Liebermann

Rolf Liebermann

La Forêt

Rolf Liebermann wrote his fourth opera The Forest to a commission from the Grand Théatre de Genève and Radio Télévision Suisse Romande in the mid-1980s, after having been silent as an opera composer for thirty years. During that time, he had been a successful intendant at the operas of Hamburg (1959-73), Paris (1973-80), then finally in Hamburg again (1985-88). According to his own testimony, t...

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Sàndor Veress

Sàndor Veress

SANCTI AUGUSTINI PSALMUS

The Sancti Augustini Psalmus marks the highpoint of Sandor Veress's early period, spent in Hungary. "In view of the danger represented by Nazi barbarity, I chose this text for its eternal validity, its timelessness, for the way it speaks to all ages", said the composer, who found the text particularly apposite in the tragic years of 1943/44, when war was raging throughout Europe. This...

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Thierry Lang

Thierry Lang

featuring David Linx: Colors of Time

It does not happen often in the life of a jazz musician that he is entrusted with a project of this magnitude. Thanks to the open mind of the choral and orchestral conductor Jean-Claude Fasel, it is a dream that we have been able to realize. For many years I have been fascinated by uniting the worlds of classical music and jazz. After long reflection I became convinced that the common thread th...

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Thüring Bräm / Dimitri

Thüring Bräm / Dimitri

Il Gong Magico - Mimopera in 4 Akten

Our opera - or our 'mime opera', as we call it, for we have put movement and mime in the place of the recitatives that traditionally carry the text - is a kind of street theatre. The public - like the clown's audience - comes from all walks of society, and therefore lightness, transparency and directness must be achieved, without the music becoming one-dimensional. Dimitri says: I have never be...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Das Gesicht Jesajas

The big oratorios by Hermann Suter, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin and Willy Burkhard are among the most remarkable Swiss works written in the first half of the 20th century. Willy Burkhard's oratorio Das Gesicht Jesajas ("The face of Isaiah", 1935) also contained vehement criticism of the state of the world and with its text based on Isaiah it depicted "the downfall and destructi...

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