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 composed during the summer of 1923, on holiday in Sils (Engadine), in the seclusion of his beloved Alps. Inspired by this grandiose natural setting, Hermann Suter, for the text, drew upon Francis of Assisi's (1182-1226) pantheist "Cantico delle Creature", better known as the "Cantico del Sole" (Canticle of the sun). Hermann Suter turns this poem into nine autonomous musical pictures, each with a timbre of its own. Suter's mastery lies in his fusion of a late Romantic idiom with archaic-sounding techniques (psalmody, a cappella sections, modal effects, Gregorian motifs) which give the Laudi a lofty timelessness.
Hermann Suter (1870-1926)
Alida Ferrarini (Sopran), Vesselina Kasarova (Alt), Eduardo Villa (Tenor), Marcello Rosca (Bass), András Virágh (Orgel), Chor und Kinderchor des Ungarischen RundfunksBudapest, Budapester Sinfoniker, András Ligeti (Leitung).
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