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 a single lecture on Wagner's Tristan - music that did not really speak to him. And he only took five private lessons with Orff. Nevertheless, these two men, quite different in temperament, thereafter became lifelong friends. Later, Sutermeister said that he 'owed as much to Werner Egk as to Carl Orff'. In Sutermeister's work, tonality is clearly central, even though elements of the new are undoubtedly tangible.


Heinrich Sutermeister (1910-1995)


Sinfonietta Schaffhausen, Paul K. Haug, Leitung, Daniel Höxter, Klavier

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