Walther Geiser

Walther Geiser

SYMPHONIE NR. 2, OP. 60STREICHTRIO, OP. 8“METAMORPHOSEN” FÜR VIOLINE SOLO, OP. 62

Walther Geiser was born in 1897 in Zofingen. In 1917 he entered the Basle Conservatory to study violin with Fritz Hirt and composition with Hermann Suter. In 1921 he was admitted to Ferruccio Busoni's Masterclass for musical composition at the Berlin Academy of Art where he worked alongside Kurt Weill and his later Swiss friends Luc Balmer, Rober Blum and Wladimir Vogel. Returning to Basle in a...

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Weiss Marcus

Weiss Marcus

Interpreten-Portrait

Marcus Weiss is one of those creative musicians who accept no limits - neither technical nor artistic. He has developed his technique on his instrument - and, through this, its tonal possibilities - to an undreamt-of degree, often working closely with composers. On the present CD, it is Weiss the creative performer whom we hear above all, and in varied contexts. The fact that he has here chosen...

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William Blank

William Blank

Komponisten-Portrait

The most recent music of William Blank releases an expressive force that grabs the listener by the throat, as it were, in its very first bars. There are the harrowing phrases of the String Trio, played fortississimo by all three instrumentalists, the violent opening of Screams, in which the different voices collide rhythmically, the explosion of the first orchestral tutti in Ebbe(n) (Ebb-tide),...

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Wladimir Vogel

Wladimir Vogel

EPITAFFIO PER ALBAN BERG

For several reasons, Wladimir Vogel – author of more than a hundred musical works and numerous aesthetic texts – holds a special place in 20th-century music; not only do several of the main streams of modern music intersect in his varied output, but this spiritual mediator between east and west has also directly influenced the development of atonal music and created new musical form...

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Xavier Dayer

Xavier Dayer

Komponisten-Portrait

The thread that runs through all the works on this CD is not just the obsessive figure of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, the major source of inspiration for Xavier Dayer: it is also a certain disposition of the musical forces in both time and space that forms the starting point of the composer. The idea of a form that creates itself constantly and which, in the words of Schoenberg, appear...

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Zürcher Bläserquintett

Zürcher Bläserquintett

Sándor Veress und seine Schweizer Schüler

The Zürcher Bläserquintett comprises three members of the Zurich Opera Orchestra and two best-known wind soloists in Switzerland today. The quintet was founded in 1994 and soon thereafter performed at the festival 'Young Artists in Concert' in Davos. Since that successful debut, the Quintet has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad and has made several CD recordings. In 1997/8, the Qu...

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