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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Othmar Schoeck

Othmar Schoeck

KONZERT FÜR VIOLINE UND ORCHESTER, OP. 21

There are very few instrumental pieces in the whole of Othmar Schoeck's creative output. Right from the beginning of his musical life, the Swiss composer displayed a particular interest in music that was linked to the written word. While still a student he composed many lieders and operas. The instrumental pieces - by no means of lesser artistic merit - were composed largely at the end of his s...

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Paul Juon

Paul Juon

Tripelkonzert "Episodes concertants" - Cellokonzert "Mysterien"

In the course of four decades he has gone from being a composer whose music was often performed and appreciated in Germany, to become a virtually forgotten musician, remembered primarily because his name appears with a list of a few of his works in reference books. And yet the Symphony in A-major op. 23 by Juon, whose forefathers came from the Grisons, received successful performances between 1...

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Paul Kletzki

Paul Kletzki

Orchestervariationen op. 30 / Symphonie Nr. 3 op. 31

When he left Poland in 1921 to settle in Berlin, Pawel Klecki changed his name to Paul Kletzki. From today's perspective this decision seems oddly prescient of what was to come, for Kletzki was a man who would soon enough have to reinvent himself more than once. Paul Kletzki died in 1973, well before the CD era, but since the 1990s more and more of his recordings have appeared in that medium an...

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Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Sinfonie Nr. 2 / Sinfonia

The symphonies of the two Polish composers on this CD were composed and first performed within several months of each other in the mid-1920s (they are both also in g minor, as it happens). At first glance it could almost seem as if these two men, Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek, spent their lives shadowing each other. They were born just nine years apart in the then divided Poland, and while Kle...

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Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Sinfonie Nr. 2 / Sinfonia

The symphonies of the two Polish composers on this CD were composed and first performed within several months of each other in the mid-1920s (they are both also in g minor, as it happens). At first glance it could almost seem as if these two men, Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek, spent their lives shadowing each other. They were born just nine years apart in the then divided Poland, and while Kle...

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Rolf Urs Ringger

Rolf Urs Ringger

Aria amorosa, The Golden Heat of Midday, "Feuillages" für Streichquartett, Klavierstücke

Rolf Urs Ringger is, as he likes to stress himself, a hedonist - both in matters of music and otherwise. This might be a result of his love for things Mediterranean, his enthusiasm from Greek culture or his overall positive regard for our earthly existence. A large proportion of his oeuvre can be interpreted in terms of light symbolism, quite regardless of whether we are dealing with an orchest...

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Rudolf Kelterborn

Rudolf Kelterborn

SINFONIE IV CELLOSONATE NUOVI CANTI

Symphony IV (1985/86) - In conversation with Arthur Godel, Rudolf Kelterborn said he had dispensed with a programmatic title. "In my eyes the symphony is absolute music without an extramusical programme." And indeed, this music is so expressive that it needs no programme. It seems to me like an opera without text or decor. These are visions in sonority, with oppressive tensions, ...

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Rudolf Kelterborn

Rudolf Kelterborn

Cellokonzert, Namenlos, Kammerkonzert

Every listener can let his own imagination unfold unfettered. As a result of this, I also refrained from giving character descriptions to the individual movements. And I most certainly won't let myself be led into describing or explaining my new work - neither its content, its atmosphere nor its formal structures' (Rudolf Kelterborn).

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Sándor Veress

Sándor Veress

THRENOS (in memoriam Béla Bartók)

Sandor Veress wrote his Threnos in memoriam Béla Bartók in a very short space of time after having received the news of Bartók's death on 26 September 1945. It was the last important work that Veress wrote before the creative hiatus preceding his emigration to Switzerland in February 1949. The Threnos is carried by an unremitting basic pulse of regular crotchet beats that cease only at one poin...

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Schütter - Schaeuble

Schütter - Schaeuble

Klavierkonzerte

This CD presents piano concertos by two composers (Meinrad Schütter and Hans Schaeuble) who were born in the same Swiss canton just four years apart, but whose careers could hardly have been more different.

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Solissimo

Solissimo

Werke für Tuba und Ensembles

"The tuba is a young instrument in the history of music. But at the same time, hardly any other instrument has developed so much in the past decades, both in terms of its construction and in the technical possibilities of its performers. The musical possibilities of this instrument today encompass a vast spectrum, and it pays to discover them. I wanted to make a CD in which the tuba communicat...

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Suter - Vogel

Suter - Vogel

Violinkonzerte

Bettina Boller studied violin with Ulrich Lehmann at the Berne Conservatory (taking her soloist's diploma with distinction), and with Itzhak Perlman and Masao Kavasaki in New York. Although her principles never let her take part in any of the usual soloist's competitions, her magisterial, passionate playing has won her a large public, and she has become an internationally successful artist. As ...

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