René Wohlhauser

René Wohlhauser

Komponisten-Portrait

I am concerned with writing music of high quality that is both protest and an outcry against general indifference. The degree of resistance to existing conditions finds expression in a radically individualistic means of writing, on a level of quality that is as high as possible but without any compromise; a music whose very character questions the taste of the masses and at the same time endeav...

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Renggli Felix

Renggli Felix

Fantasia Telemania

The '12 Fantaisies à Travers sans Basse' by Georg Philipp Telemann were the starting point for this project entitled Fantasia Telemania. They were first published by Telemann himself in 1732 or 1733. The notion of a 'fantasy' was new, and was used to describe a great variety of the genres and forms current at the time. Telemann's flute fantasies are no different. They include preludes, French o...

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Rico Gubler

Rico Gubler

Rico Gubler als Interpret und Komponist (*1972)

Filigree sound colours from violin, clarinet, saxophone and piano; diffuse transitional sounds situated somewhere between crystalline harmonics and “ordinario” tones; glissandi; then suddenly the music comes sharply into focus. For a moment we hear a blissful waltz as if transported back to the time of Joseph Lanner. But in the next moment, only the gestures of the music remain – rudimentary ...

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Robert Suter

Robert Suter

SONATA PER ORCHESTRA IN TRE PARTI

Robert Suter, born in 1919 at St. Gallen. Musical education at the Basle Conservatory (diploma of musical theory). First teaching experience at the Berne Conservatory. From 1950 up to his retirement in the autumn of 1984, Robert Suter was professor for composition, improvisation and all theoretical subjects at the Balse Academy of Music. Suter’s compositions include chamber music for var...

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Roger Vuataz

Roger Vuataz

EPOPÉE ANTIQUEDESTINBALLADE POUR ALTO ET PIANOCONCERTO POUR PIANO ET ORCHESTRENOCTURNES I-II POUR VIOLONCELLE

From 1916 on, Roger Vuataz was a professional musician active in many fields, as pianist, organist, capellmeister, choir and orchestra conductor, lecturer, music critic, musicologist and arranger of ancient works. He composed 133 works, which include vocal, choral, instrumental and symphonic music, concerti, chamber music, oratorio, opera, stage, ballet and film music. The composer has this to...

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Roland Moser

Roland Moser

WORTABEND

Roland Moser born in 1943 in Berne. He studied composition (besides piano and conducting) with Sandor Veress and Wolfgang Fortner in Berne and Freiburg/Breisgau, then at the studio for electronic music of the Music Academy in Cologne. In 1969 he was appointed to teach theory and new music at the Winterthur Conservatory. Since 1984 he has taught composition, analysis and music theory at the Musi...

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Rolf Looser

Rolf Looser

FANTASIA A QUATTRO

“I think of the way I hear and compose music as being tonal in the widest sense, however complex or shifting this may be. Similarly, for me rhythmical flux is always more or less closely tied to a basic pulse. On the other hand, I have never felt the need to return to modal principles. As I see it, the adventure of musical composition within irreversible time consists precisely in followi...

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Rolf Urs Ringger

Rolf Urs Ringger

VARIÉTUDES I-IVCHARI-VARI-ÉTUDES V-XII6 KLAVIERSTÜCKEMEMORIES OF TOMORROWMEMORIES IILONG, LONG AGONACHHALL

Rolf Urs Ringger was born in 1935 in Zurich. He began studying music while still in high school, then attended the Zurich Conservatory. In 1956 he attended the master courses for composition in Darmstadt. He studied with Theodor W. Adorno and Hans Werner Henze in Naples, and conducting in Zurich from 1958 to 1962. He also studied musicology and philosophy at Zurich university graduating with a ...

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Rudolf Kelterborn

Rudolf Kelterborn

RELATIONSSTREICHQUARTETT VFÜNF GESÄNGESONATAS FOR WINDS

Rudolf Kelterborn was born in 1931 in Basle. After studying at the Music Academy in Basle and at the University he completed his training with composers Günter Bialas and Wolfgang Fortner and conductor Igor Markevitch. For many years he taught musical theory, analysis and composition, first at the Basle Music Academy (1955-60), then at the Nordwestdeutsche Musik-Akademie Detmold (1960-68), the ...

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Sándor Veress

Sándor Veress

Komponisten-Portrait

Sandor Veress – composer, ethno-musicologist, pianist and pedagogue, was born in 1907 in Kolozsvar, Hungary-Transylvania and studied at the Budapest Academy of Music with Zoltan Kodaly (composition) and Bela Bartok (piano). At the beginning of 1949, Veress decided to emigrate to Switzerland where, parallel to his life’s work as composer, he played an important role in the field of ...

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See Siang Wong

See Siang Wong

Swiss Piano Project

A whole triple-CD box full of new Swiss piano music: what could it be like? Is it brimming with the specifics of Helvetian composing? Does it perhaps afford a glimpse of the Swiss national character in 88 keys? Or is it simply one more addition to an already lush repertoire of piano music? Let me offer, as a provisional answer, a rather modest, not to say laconic proposition: it’s about gettin...

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The Great Musaurian Songbook

The Great Musaurian Songbook

OUT OF A SUITCASE

The Great Musaurian Songbook has been rehearsing and performing regularly since 1990 as a trio comprising Claudia Ulla Binder, Dieter Ulrich and Alfred Zimmerlin. Occasionally, the Trio makes music with exquisite musicians such as Tom Varner, Vinny Golia (at the Jazz Festival Willisau 1994), Jacques Siron, Markus Eichenberger, Carlos Baumann, Hans Kennel and others. The three permanent members ...

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Thomas Kessler

Thomas Kessler

Komponisten-Portrait

The Keywords 'language' and 'interpretation' are significant for several pieces on this CD: 'Is it?' (2002) and ', said the shotgun to the head.' (2003). In both works, Thomas Kessler 'interprets' concrete texts through compositional means. Although electronics are used in neither work, they both obviously display the results of his experience of live electronic readings, of the transformations...

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Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller

Gehen.31 vorwärts-/rückwärtsbewegungenLetzte Zeichen von Geschwindigkeit (Chartres I)Zwei SequenzenEfeu IIGehen. FragmentQuintett "J'en ai perdu le souvenir"

The scores of the composer Thomas Müller, who was born in 1953, make it clear beyond any doubt that the ear is a philosophical sense organ. Some of his compositions are, in a manner of speaking, hypostases of continuous intellectual motion. It is not unlike one of Alexander Calder's mobiles, which always appears in new configurations; or multi-coloured splinters of glass that can be put togethe...

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Trio Contexto

Trio Contexto

Musik für Flöte und Schlagzeug

Flute and percussion - that is a striking combination, seldom found in contemporary music. But in fact, it is one of the oldest instrumental combinations in music history: fifes - little flutes - and percussion are the earliest instruments to have been discovered. CONTEXTO is the name of the trio that has commissioned one Polish and three Swiss composers to write for this archetypal combination...

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Ulrich Gasser

Ulrich Gasser

VERSUCH/GEDANKEN ÜBER “CHRISTE DU LAMM GOTTES”ORGELSTÜCK ZUM LIED DER WEISHEITAUS DEN SPRÜCHEN DAS LIED DER WEISHEITCHRISTUSDORNENNOTEN VI

Ulrich Gasser was born in 1950 in Frauenfeld and lives in Weinfelden (Switzerland). He studied music at the Conservatory of Winterthur (main subject: flute), then with André Jaunet at the Zurich Conservatory while also doing six semesters of composition with Klaus Huber at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik" in Freiburg im Breisgrau. In 1991 he was awarded the culture prize of canto...

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Ulrich Stranz

Ulrich Stranz

Ausgesuchte Orchesterwerke

In the 1970s, the young composers that had been born after the Second World War took it upon them to free themselves from the ways of the avant-garde that had been handed down to them. The trend lay no longer in the direction of aleatory and 'open forms'; instead, the then generation of twenty-to-thirty-year-olds discovered that even in the taboos that had been institutionalised by the 'New Mus...

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Urs Peter Schneider

Urs Peter Schneider

BABELCHORBUCHSTUDIENORCHESTERBUCH

Urs Peter Schneider was born in Berne. He is a composer, interpreter and educationalist. From 1959 to 1963 he studied in Berne with Walter Lang (piano) and for a short while with Sandor Veress (composition). Has performed all over Europe since 1963, given lectures, published, worked for the radio. In 1968, founded the "Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern", dedicated mainly to Swiss and Ameri...

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Valentin Marti

Valentin Marti

Komponisten-Portrait

Valentin Marti was born in Zurich in 1965. After leaving school, he studied saxophone with Marcus Weiss and composition with Gerald Bennett at the Zurich Music Academy. He then studied composition with Michael Jarrell at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna from 1995 to 1997. Most of Marti's works have been commissioned and have been performed throughout Europe (e.g. by the Collegiu...

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Walter Grimmer

Walter Grimmer

Werke von Jacques Wildberger, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Klaus Huber und Isang Yun

The present recording is a portrait of the cello virtuoso Walter Grimmer. He plays works by Jacques Wildberger, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Klaus Huber and Isang Yun. All the works presented in this record are dedicated to Walter Grimmer.

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