Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

VOM KLANG DER BILDER

The music of Alfons Karl Zwicker is characterized by a fascinating overlapping of genres. Until 1980, this pianist and composer from Saint Gall had devoted himself intensively to painting. In the course of his work, an increasing tendency to abstraction became apparent in his visual language, as well as an increasing use of musical elements such as rhythm and sound fields. These musical aspects...

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Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Schweizer Werke für Klaviertrio

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

"Rugby". Mouvement symphonique Symphonie liturgique Symphonie "Di tre re"

As a regular attendee of rugby matches in Paris in the 1920s, Honegger was passionate about the “wild, abrupt, disordered, despairing rhythms” of matches, and for the whole spectacle bound up with it: “I like: 1) this kind of euphoria, of hope, of the overwhelming, baseless joy that the game engenders; 2) at the same time the fateful, unforeseeable phases of the game, the dribbling of the forwa...

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Dmitri Schostakowitsch j

Dmitri Schostakowitsch j

SINFONIE NR. 4

The Fourth Symphony marks not only the first highpoint in Shostakovitch's canon of 15 symphonies, but also the closing point of a phase in his compositional development - a development that underwent a radical change of direction in the works that followed it. The demands made by the Fourth Symphony are considerably greater than those of Shostakovitch's first three symphonies. This fact is also...

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Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

SINFONIE NR. 5

The 5th Symphony holds a special place within Schostakovich's output. It is the first symphony he wrote after several years of cruel persecution by the communist regime. In a review in "Prawda" of the premiere of Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" we read: 'Chaos instead of music!' This shattering judgment came from Stalin himself. Shortly afterwards...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

CONCERTI GROSSI I&II

In Switzerland, there is nothing to suggest that Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) is in fact, in international terms, the most often-performed composer of Swiss origin. While the composer of the symphonic fresco Helvetia, The Land of Mountains and its People (1929) receives little attention in his homeland except for the occasional performance of a few chamber music works, the composer of the epic rhap...

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Fabian Müller

Fabian Müller

Klavierkonzert, Labyrinth, Suite für Violoncello und Streichorchester, Lied des Einsamen

Fabian Müller is one of the leading Swiss composers of his generation. His music is created wholly out of an intuitive freedom. His starting point is rarely a concept developed by the intellect for the music to follow. His works thus encompass modernistic and traditional elements. He feels no duty to any particular school or dogma, seeing his composing as a voyage of discovery undertaken by an ...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Intégrale des oeuvres pour flûte

Complete Works for Flute by Frank Martin A scenic performance of Le Vin herbé in Salzburg in 1948 gave him his international breakthrough. Martin’s oeuvre includes religious works such as Golgotha and Le Mystère de la Nativité, orchestral music such as the Petite Symphonie concertante, solo vocal works such as Der Cornet (Rilke), plus choral and chamber music. His works today belong to th...

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George Gruntz

George Gruntz

Expo Triangle

The Symphonie Les Echanges by Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999) was commissioned by Sector No. 5, 'Les échanges' (Goods and Values) the 1946 Swiss National Exhibition in Lausanne entitled EXPO 64. This work for 156 office machines was to be heard every hour, in a specially constructed pavilion. Liebermann wanted to transform it into a musical work. He called in the Swiss jazz musician Georg...

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Grammont Sélection 8

Grammont Sélection 8

Schweizer Uraufführungen 2014

The Grammont “Sélections” of the past seven years have never really given an impression of homogeneity. Only to a limited extent were they able to define any kind of “typical” Swiss style. Eighty years ago there still existed what seemed to be some kind of common aesthetic direction in Swiss music, and even just twenty years ago composers seemed to have at least a comparable approach to how the...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 - Divertimento Nr. 1 - Poème funèbre - Sérénade pour Montreux

The Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister gained an international reputation as an opera composer. His direct, easily comprehensible musical language created a close relationship between stage, singers and his audience, enabling him to gain the favour of a broad public. Carl Orff and Hans Pfitzner are often mentioned as being amongst Sutermeister's teachers. However, of the latter he only heard ...

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Hermann Meier

Hermann Meier

Kammermusik und Orchesterwerke 1960-69

Romanticism all around; in the 1950s, things changed for me: no melodies any more, only layers of sound, like reinforced concrete. I have to go to Solothurn again and learn to curse; they curse there for several minutes at a time, whole symphonies of curses, it's wonderful...' (Hermann Meier). This position quite off the beaten track, without an audience - and with no desire to serve its expect...

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Hermann Suter

Hermann Suter

Sämtliche Streichquartette

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Hermann Suter  / Werner Wehrli

Hermann Suter / Werner Wehrli

Sinfonie d-Moll op. 17 / Chilbizite

Although a generation divided them, the composers Hermann Suter and Werner Wehrli were united by numerous commonalities beyond the shared canton of their birth, Aargau. Werner Wehrli completed his training as a composer in 1917/1918 under Hermann Suter in Basel. Both of them had studied in Germany, both had their most important works published by Hug & Co. in Zurich from 1920 onwards, and b...

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Hermann Von Glenck

Hermann Von Glenck

Orchesterwerke

Hermann von Glenck belongs to the most important Swiss composers of the late Romantic era. His compositional style remained single-mindedly fixed on the path that he had chosen for himself. He consciously avoided following the latest developments. The Symphony Carità eterna was performed for the first-ever time on this recording. In 1906, it was accepted by Ernst von Schuch (the General Music D...

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Lucerne Chamber Brass

Lucerne Chamber Brass

Bauernmusik revisted

Wherever Swiss folk music is mentioned, one automatically thinks of yodeling, the alphorn, or the so-called ‘ländler music’. As in many other places in Europe, the last of these is based on popular dance forms of the 19th century such as the polka, the waltz, the ‘Scottish’, mazurka or gallop. Although the same dance forms and similar melodies can be found in other Alpin...

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Mario Beretta

Mario Beretta

Alpsegen - Lichtstücke - The Alphorn and the Sea

Since 1986, Mario has been working as a freelance conductor, pianist and composer, also writing music for stage and film. His compositions include the film music for Fredi Murer's Höhenfeuer (Mountain Fire), which won first prize at the International Film Festival in Locarno in 1985. For the official opening of the Expo.02, Beretta wrote the choral symphony A Song of Earth (for 800 participants...

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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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Müller-Zürich - Pfister - Schaeuble

Müller-Zürich - Pfister - Schaeuble

Konzertante Werke

The 1998-9 concert season of the Camerata Zürich, one of Switzerland's main chamber orchestras, was entitled 'Treasures from the Zentralbibliothek Zürich'. In every concert, a work from the library's collection was performed. Three of these can be heard here: the double concerti by Hans Schaeuble and Paul Müller-Zürich, and the Aegean Diary by Hugo Pfister. This CD is the result of a close coop...

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Norbert Moret

Norbert Moret

Triptyque - Gastlosen - Mendiant du Ciel bleu

Deeply inspired while in Vienna as a student of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler and in Paris with the composers Arthur Honegger, René Leibowitz and Olivier Messiaen, Norbert Moret has authored one of the most accomplished musical oeuvres of our time - explosive, visionary, dreamy, even silent music. Norbert Moret, a Romantic? Certainly, in the sense that he is engaged completely with all his ...

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