Christoph Neidhöfer

Christoph Neidhöfer

SCHICHTUNG für 15 Instrumente (1993)IXION für 6 Instrumente (1995)STREICHQUARTETT (1992, rev. 1994)INTERPLAY für 8 Instrumente (1995)ZEITBOGEN für 12 Spieler (1998)

Composing means taking risks - otherwise it's not interesting' (Christoph Neidhöfer at a lecture in Basle in 1996). Whoever knows Christoph Neidhöfer's biography, but has never heard his music, will no doubt be surprised upon hearing it. Neither the exemplary progress of his musical education nor today's reigning anti-modernist spirit could lead one to guess the radical nature of his work. At B...

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Collegium Novum Zürich

Collegium Novum Zürich

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If it were not somewhat disrespectful in the realm of the New Music, even only as a metaphor, one might use a musical term with a whiff of the old-fashioned about it to describe the activities of the Collegium Novum Zürich. For in its programming policy it is dedicated to a kind of 'triad' - one, no less, whose combination of individual notes is intended to produce a consonance. This triad...

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Constantin Regamey

Constantin Regamey

ALPHA

The works of Constantin Regamey (1907-1982) which are included in this recording date from the 1960’s and are all related to his compositions for the theatre. The Etudes pour voix de femme (with piano and then with orchestral accompaniment), of 1955/56, already bear the stamp of a certain ‘dramatic sense’. Begun in 1959, the composition of the opera Don Robott remained unfinis...

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Daniel Fueter

Daniel Fueter

Komponisten-Portrait

The chamber opera Trout Stanley was written at the prompting of the Zurich Ensemble for New Music. It is a love story, a thriller and a family drama, told in exuberantly diverse fashion. It is a tale of outsiders, male and female, and of the tension between fact and fiction. It is a impossible task to 'operize' (as it were) such a piece that has something of a tabloid character about it, and it...

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Daniel Glaus

Daniel Glaus

Sephiroth-Symphonien

For several years now, the system of the 'Sefirot', which is at the core of the practice of the Kabbalah, has itself stood at the centre of the compositional oeuvre of Daniel Glaus. The interpretation of this system has led to a complex of works in which Glaus seeks to contain all the possibilities for composing for solo and ensemble. The universal character of this project can be deduced from ...

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Daniel Schnyder

Daniel Schnyder

Komponisten-Portrait

Daniel Schnyder was born in Zurich in 1961. He has lived in New York City since 1992, from where he has embarked upon a varied musical career as composer, saxophonist and flautist. Schnyder devotes himself in equal measure to jazz, improvised music and classical music. He belongs among the most active and most-played Swiss composers of his generation. He has a varied musical oeuvre and a compre...

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David Bruchez

David Bruchez

Posaunisten-Portrait

The Swiss trombonist David Bruchez was born in Fully. He completed his musical studies at the Lausanne Conservatoire, and went on to further study in New York and at the 'Herbert von Karajan' Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. At a very young age he was already being noticed in international competitions for mixed classes of instrument. His considerable musicality and soloistic virtu...

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David LeClair

David LeClair

Musik für Tuba aus der Schweiz

The tuba is a relatively young instrument: the first patent was issued in 1835. Considering that the first serious solo composition for tuba, the "Sonate für Basstuba und Klavier" from Paul Hindemith, was composed in 1955, several centuries of classic, romantic, impressionistic and expressionistic works are missing from the literature, which could have been composed by the "great...

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David Philip Hefti

David Philip Hefti

Music is rightly regarded as an especially immaterial art. The notes, sounds and rhythms of which it is comprised are, in rational terms, nothing more than vibrations of the air. And even the metaphors and linguistic images that we traditionally use to describe it mostly emphasise the ethereal nature of the phenomenon. Notes hover, sounds waft towards us or traverse the auditory space and creat...

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Deqing Wen

Deqing Wen

Deqing Wen belongs to the second generation of Chinese composers who have in recent years achieved success across the world. His youth was badly affected by the Cultural Revolution, and he came to music relatively late. But he swiftly acquired all the skills he needed. He only really found his cultural heritage, however, when he came to live in Europe, in Geneva. It was here that he could show ...

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Dieter Ammann

Dieter Ammann

Komponisten-Portrait

It is understandable that a composer who allows his music to 'burst', and who allows treacherous moments to occur in it, is not someone who makes particularly swift progress in his work, for he is continually placing obstacles in his way, putting a brake on himself. This points us to a fundamental discrepancy that can at first seem superficial, but in fact sits at the very heart of this music: ...

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Edu Haubensak

Edu Haubensak

Komponisten-Portrait

Researching with altered pitches and the complex connections of intervals and harmony is an endless process. The prerequisite is an ability to think beyond any single system and its concomitant ideologies. Using as many systems as possible and as many multiple tunings as possible can open our ears and our understanding of harmony. Every frequency on the sliding scale of our perception is able t...

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Eduard Brunner

Eduard Brunner

Schweizer Werke für Klarinette

Born and raised in Basle, Eduard Brunner began his international career as a soloist and chamber musician while still studying at the Basle Music Academy. In 1962, he was appointed solo clarinettist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Rafael Kubelik. Since 1992, he has taught the clarinet and chamber music at the Saarbrücken Music Academy. In his concert career, which has lasted over...

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Edward Staempfli

Edward Staempfli

DUO I FÜR ZWEI KLAVIERE (1938) LES SEPT POEMES D’AMOUR EN GUERRE (PAUL ELUARD) FÜR CHOR (1948) SECHS KLANGSTUDIEN FÜR KLAVIER 3. STREICHQUINTETT

Edward Staempfli was born in Berne in 1908. His development was determined in equal measure by German and French culture and by music and literature. He studied in Cologne and Paris. The war years and the years immediately thereafter, Staempfli spent as a freelance composer in Switzerland - first in Basle, then in Lugano. During these years, from 1939 to 1952, his most important performances to...

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el-sabr gameel

el-sabr gameel

Begegnungen zwischen ägyptischen und schweizerischen MusikerInnen

The goal of this project organized by Pro Helvetia was the creative coming-together of the two music cultures on the level of equality, where mutual respect forms the basis for the whole process of communication. Common music-making was to offer insights into the different manifestations of the two music cultures, and a deeper understanding of the fundamental differences between them. By recogn...

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Ensemble Contrechamps

Ensemble Contrechamps

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The pieces recorded here are representative of the kind of programming that the Contrechamps Ensemble has championed throughout its existence. The collaboration with composers such as Elliott Carter and Brian Ferneyhough, for example, is of long standing; a large number of their works have been performed in Geneva and during their tours abroad. Both composers have worked several times with the ...

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Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern

Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern

Historische Aufnahmen 1968-1998

The Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern (New Horizons Ensemble) was founded at a time when the seeds of Utopianism had sprouted forth - and, in so doing, also drew attention to its roots. The artistic avant-garde had paved the way for greater freedom. Whoever wanted to, could make use of it. The music of the avant-garde in all its forms has remained central to the artistic activities of the ENHB. Its ...

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Ensemble Opera Nova

Ensemble Opera Nova

Jacques Wildberger Quartett für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello (1952).Jean-Jacques Dünki Kammerstück IV für Flöte, Klarinette, Horn,Violine,Viola und Violoncello (1996).Aribert Reimann Trio für Violine, Viola und Violoncello (1986/87).Gérard Zinsstag TEMPOR für Flöte, Klarinette, Streichtrio und Klavier (1991/92).

The ensemble "opera nova" was founded in 1991 by members of the Zurich Opera Orchestra who wanted to perform contemporary music. The basic combination of instruments: flute, clarinet, string trio and piano - is extended to form larger chamber groups as needs be. The ensemble gives three concerts in each season in the studio theatre of the Zurich Opera House, each time with a programme...

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Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

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The Ensemble Phoenix Basel has mastered the art of combination. It is an ensemble that would be quite likely to devote a single evening to a concert programme such as the one compiled here from live performances: five weighty pieces, about a quarter-of-an-hour each, in variable instrumentation. Typical of these Basle musicians is their individualistic programming policy that allows them t...

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Ensemble vocal Séquence

Ensemble vocal Séquence

Créations vocales XXIe siècle

Laurent Gay founded the Ensemble vocal Séquence in Geneva in 1993. Its core of sixteen singers was determined right at the start. Since 1996 the ensemble has worked together with numerous other ensembles such as the Ensemble Contrechamps, the Centre International de percussion, the Orchestra of the Amadeus Festival, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and others. It is in this context that the ensem...

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