Albert Moeschinger

Albert Moeschinger

ON NE TRAVERSE PAS LA NUIT

Albert Moeschinger, born in 1897 in Basel, is a composer whose work makes comparisons difficult. His music has no real kinship with that written by his historical prototypes or with the more recent developments on the international music scene. Moeschinger is indeed, as he himself enjoyed pointing out, a lone wolf, and a composer who has always gone his own way. For a proper appreciation of Moe...

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Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

Der Tod und das Mädchen - Oper in sechs Szenen

While zapping at the TV, I came by chance on the actress Sigourney Weaver. After ten minutes of being transfixed to the screen, I knew that this was a topic for an opera. I saw the name of the author of the film script in the closing credits - Ariel Dorfman. That was in the summer of 2000. From this day onwards, I was obsessed by the vision of an opera on Death and the Maiden. I was able to get...

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Alfred Keller

Alfred Keller

EWIGER AUGENBLICK

Born in 1907 in Rorschach, Alfred Keller matriculated from the technical division of the St. Gall Kantonsschule. From 1925 to 1927 he studied music at the Zurich Conservatory (with Volkmar Andreae) and from 1927 to 1930 he was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg's "Masterclass in musical composition" at the Prussian Academy of Berlin. His studies finished, he returned to settle in Rorschach....

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Alfred Zimmerlin

Alfred Zimmerlin

Komponisten-Portrait

The wideness, the whiteness - this allows us a means of getting close to Alfred Zimmerlin's music, a music of openness and variety, a music that grants itself time, and us too. Perhaps it was particularly important to the composer in these two works with cello that he should open things up, that he should enlarge his vision and purify his hearing of much that had accumulated, for the cello is h...

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André Richard

André Richard

GLIDIFVON AUSSEN HERECHANGESMUSIQUE DE RUE

André Richard was already 40 years old, half a dozen of his works had received their premières - and yet still this composer, born in the old part of the city of Berne in 1944, stubbornly refused to talk about his compositional development. Not a word about his training to become a chef in Berne and Geneva; nothing about how the son of a butcher-cum-landlord switched to music. That he had manag...

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Andreas Gutzwiller

Andreas Gutzwiller

SCHWEIZER KOMPOSITIONEN FÜR SHAKUHACHI

Andreas Gutzwiller was born in 1940. He studied musicology and ethnomusicology at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Wesleyan University in the USA. It was there that he began studying the Japanese flute or 'shakuhachi' with Araki Kodô V; he continued his studies with Kawase Junsuke III in Tokyo from 1972 to 1979. His doctoral thesis was on the history of shakuhachi music, and he was award...

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André-François Marescotti

André-François Marescotti

HYMNES POUR ORCHESTRE

André-François Marescotti was born in Carouge in 1902. Following his studies at the Geneva Conservatory, Marescotti went to Paris to study with Roger Ducasse. The whole Parisian atmosphere made a lasting impression. He was influenced, of course, by Debussy and Ravel, but more particularly by Roussel. This education produced a personal style markedly Latin in character, as opposed to the rest of...

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Annette Schmucki

Annette Schmucki

Komponistinnen-Portrait

Language work' is what Annette Schmucki calls her activity as a composer. Born in 1968, this Swiss composer has since the early 1990s devoted herself to the possibilities of engaging  with language in a musical manner: a search for commonalities between text and music, for a reconstruction of hidden connotations of the linguistic. Annette Schmucki wants to show that language is nothing rea...

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Arte Quartett

Arte Quartett

Schweizer Saxophonquartette

How better could four musicians in an ensemble present themselves, than with music that was written especially for them and for their saxophones? And so this is what the ARTE Quartet does here. This recording illustrates today's almost innumerable possibilities for their combination of instruments, and at the same time - though hardly as a by-product - it paints a portrait of the younger genera...

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Bächli / Schneider

Bächli / Schneider

Klavierduo-Portrait

Gertrud Schneider and Thomas Bächli have been performing as a piano duo for almost twenty years. Both pianos are tuned normally, each for itself; but one of them is tuned a quarter-tone lower than the other. The new intervals thus only result when the two pianos play together - chords by playing simultaneously, melodies by playing alternately.

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Balz Trümpy

Balz Trümpy

ANIMADIONYSOS-HYMNENPOLYPTYCHONEMPHATISCHER GESANG

Balz Trümpi was born in Basle; he grew up in Glarus. He received  his musical education at the Conservatory of the "Musikakademie Basel": teaching diploma for piano, concert class for piano with Paul Baumgartner. Composition studies and teaching diploma for musical theory. Further studies in composition in Rome with . and as assistant to - Berio. Several stays at the IRCAM in Par...

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Basel Sinfonietta

Basel Sinfonietta

IGOR STRAWINSKY, Feu d'artifice; THOMAS KESSLER, "Aufbruch" für 5 Sampler und Orchester; WERNER BÄRTSCHI, "Die Majestät der Alpen" für grosses Orchester; WITOLD LUDOSLAWSKI, Konzert für Orchester

The basel sinfonietta was founded by young musicians in 1980 with the aim of bringing new combinations of contemporary music, and works both unknown and well-known, to a public that is open to unusual and experimental sounds. With its eye for the unconventional and provocative, the sinfonietta has made a name for itself at home and abroad, both in its smaller formation and as a full symphony or...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

Komponisten-Portrait

Beat Furrer’s art of composition is like an exploration of fundamental principles, an exploration that is made accessible in the work and through the act of hearing it. Aggregate states in sound, musical processes, the nature of time itself and the contrast between the subject and the world are the topics of his works – though they are at the same time expressive snapshots of the mome...

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Bettina Skrzypczak

Bettina Skrzypczak

Komponistinnen-Portrait

I feel great joy at the prospect of what I am going to discover, and at the same time a feeling of responsibility for the decisions that I make. And I find it a shame that I can't realize fast enough the many thoughts that come when I face the empty page in front of me.' Bettina Skrypczak's answer to the question of how she feels when faced with an smpty sheet of manuscript paper is in many way...

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Camerata Bern

Camerata Bern

Interpreten-Portrait

The CAMERATA BERNE was founded in 1962, prompted by the idea of performing in a small, flexible formation without a conductor. It quickly developed into a chamber orchestra that was recognized all around the world. Numerous tours have taken the chamber orchestra throughout Europe, to North America, Southern Asia, the Far East, Australia and Japan. Its recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, ...

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Carlo Florindo Semini

Carlo Florindo Semini

MOSAICI DI PIAZZA ARMERINA DUE POEMI SU VERSI DI HERMANN HESSE MONTES ARGENTUM I VENTI QUATTRO PRELUDI SUL NATALE SIMBOLI

Carlo Florindo Semini was born in 1914 in Russo. He studied in the Ticino, in Rome and Naples, obtaining diplomas in composition, conducting, piano and as a teacher of singing at the Conservatorio di musica San Peitro a Majella in Naples. In 1947 he was made head of service, later (1966-1980) head of the orchestra and chamber music department of the Radio Svizzera Italiana. His many services to...

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Celloduo Frank / Schucan

Celloduo Frank / Schucan

Cellistinnen-Portrait

It was the idea of giving a modernistic slant to Offenbach that led the duo Frank/Schucan to find a new mode of performance for his works. Music by Felix Baumann and Rico Gubler is woven in that engages with both the content and the spirit of the two works by Offenbach - with an emphasis on those aspects of contemporary music that can be experienced sensually. The open-ended moments in Offenbac...

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Centre International de Percussion

Centre International de Percussion

Portrait

The Centre International de Percussion (CIP, International Percussion Centre) in Geneva is an association that was formed with the goal of promoting and developing all activities connected with the world of percussion, principally in the field of contemporary music. In its concern to enlarge the percussion repertoire, the CIP regularly commissions renowned composers to write for it, and perform...

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Christoph Delz

Christoph Delz

ARBEITSLIEDERKLAVIERQUARTETTSTREICHQUARTETT

Christoph Delz drew his inspiration from the natural world, environmental sounds, literary texts and from early musical styles and compositions. These sources of inspiration were not hidden: he used them in titles of compositions and in the music itself, depicting them clearly, occasionally to the extent of an exact reproduction. His use of these "ready-mad" sounds was conscious and s...

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Christoph Keller

Christoph Keller

The Swiss pianist Christoph Keller was born in Glarus in 1950. He studied principally with Sava Savoff at the Zurich Conservatory. Since then, he has regularly given concerts in numerous European countries and in Japan, and has performed at various festivals: Cantiere d'Arte di Montepulciano, the Castle Festival in Sanssouci, the Dresden Contemporary Music Days, and the Salzburg Festival. Kelle...

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