Aargauer Orgelmusik im 20. Jahrhundert

Aargauer Orgelmusik im 20. Jahrhundert

On 25 April 1907, in Brugg (Canton Aargau), the Catholic and Protestant Church Music Associations of Aargau were founded - on the same day, but at different venues. It was in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event in April 2007 that it was decided to record organ works by Aargau composers from the last hundred years. One criterion for the selection was that the composer must eit...

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Adolf Brunner

Adolf Brunner

Markus-Passion

Adolf Brunner wrote orchestral, choral and chamber music. A particular concern was the renewal of Protestant church music. He died in Thalwil in 1992. The present work was played in 1985. It was written for soloists, two choirs, orchestra and organ: "This recording is of particular value, because I was present at all stages during its preparation, and was completely satisfied with the resu...

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Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

VOM KLANG DER BILDER

The music of Alfons Karl Zwicker is characterized by a fascinating overlapping of genres. Until 1980, this pianist and composer from Saint Gall had devoted himself intensively to painting. In the course of his work, an increasing tendency to abstraction became apparent in his visual language, as well as an increasing use of musical elements such as rhythm and sound fields. These musical aspects...

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Am Bruch zur Moderne

Am Bruch zur Moderne

Schweizer Lieder nach 1900

Swiss songs after 1900 “The Swiss tend more to yodelling than to cubism” wrote the Dadaist Hugo Ball in 1916. This cliché of early modern Switzerland being averse to artistic progress, limping behind all others, has proven durable, though the truth was of course not so straightforward. Most leading Swiss composers from the turn of the century onwards studied at the big conservatories ...

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Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Der Sandmann - Oper in 10 Szenen

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s music traces human feelings highly precisely. It is full of emotion, strength, vibrancy and clarity. This is truly a music for the theatre! But in his case, as with many others, this phenomenon is not confined to the genre of opera . Yet in opera, not least in a narrative opera such as Der Sandmann (“The Sandmann”), we are dealing in particular with the “psychology ...

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Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Schweizer Werke für Klaviertrio

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Anny Roth-Dalbert

Anny Roth-Dalbert

Ausgewählte Werke

She has witnessed a whole century of music and world history. Anne Roth-Dalbert, by profession pianist, conductor and composer, celebrated her 100th birthday on 12 October 2000. Music was and remains her elixir of life. In the Engadine, where she has lived since her marriage, she has been a pioneer in building up the local music life. And today, she still sits daily at her piano, improvisi...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

LES AVENTURES DU ROI PAUSOLE

When Arthur Honegger surprised the musical world with a genuine operetta, he gave the best possible proof of his creative imagination's exceptional diversity. Les Aventures du Roi Pausole was obviously composed with immense pleasure, and Honegger must have had great fun working on it: his friend Albert Willemetz's sparkling libretto certainly encouraged him. Willemetz based his wonderful libret...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

NICOLAS DE FLUE

On the surface, war and the threat of civil war form the dramatic focal points of Honegger's Nicolas de Flue, and in fact war itself casts its shadow upon the history of its first performance. The work was commissioned by Canton Neuchatel for the Swiss national exhibition of 1939 (the so-called 'Landi'), the libretto being written by Denis de Rougemont, and the music composed by Arthur Honegger...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

"Rugby". Mouvement symphonique Symphonie liturgique Symphonie "Di tre re"

As a regular attendee of rugby matches in Paris in the 1920s, Honegger was passionate about the “wild, abrupt, disordered, despairing rhythms” of matches, and for the whole spectacle bound up with it: “I like: 1) this kind of euphoria, of hope, of the overwhelming, baseless joy that the game engenders; 2) at the same time the fateful, unforeseeable phases of the game, the dribbling of the forwa...

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Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Johannes Heer was born in Glarus around 1489 and died in the same place in 1553. Heer was the first of Glarus' sons to study at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1508 to 1516. He completed his song book during his studies. After successfully completing his studies at the faculty of arts, Heer turned to theology, as was customary, and became a highly respected chaplain in Glarus. He was an intimate of ...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

NARCISSUS

Beat Furrer was born in 1954 in Schaffhausen/Switzerland, from where in 1975 he went to Vienna, where he trained and found international success. In 1985 he founded the "Klangforum Wien" ensemble, of which he has been the conductor. Since 1991 Beat Furrer has been professor of composition at the Graz Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. Here, in 1994 Beat Furrer's second opera Na...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

DIE BLINDEN

Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, Beat Furrer's first opera "Die Blinden" was premiered with great success in 1989 at the Wien modern Festival. The Blind Ones, who do not exactly know where they are , wait for the return of their leader, a priest. Shortly before the end of the opera they find him dead. This, in a few words, is the plot of the "static drama" "The B...

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Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Kammermusik

For American art music, the 1920s were a decade characterized by a basic criticism of tradition and an optimistic opening up to Modernism. However, around 1930 a distinct change of direction became apparent, the reason being the economic collapse and the concomitant political changes. A call for a comprehensible musical language that everyone could understand now became more audible; this was j...

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Canti Gregoriani

Canti Gregoriani

I Cantori della Turrita

I Cantori della Turrita was founded as a boys' choir in Bellinzona over seventy years ago. Under Eros Beltraminelli, its director since 1972, it has evolved into a choir for young women. After a short period of time, the choir reached a high level of performance and worldwide acclaim. It already has performed in 15 countries on 2 continents. The current ensemble consists of choristers most...

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Carl Greith

Carl Greith

Der Heilige Gallus

Carl Greith was born in Aarau in 1828. He studied composition in Munich and Augsburg. He returned in 1847 to St Gall where he completed his first oratorio 'St Gall'. In 1850, the German conductor Hans von Bülow worked briefly as an opera capellmeister in St Gall, where he became acquainted with Greith's oratorio. Von Bülow wrote an enthusiastic review of Greith's music for the liberal Tagblatt ...

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Carlo Donato Cossoni

Carlo Donato Cossoni

Il Sacrificio d'Abramo

Carlo Donato Cossoni was born on 10 November 1623 in Gravedona by the banks of Lake Como. The most important stations of his professional life were his appointment as the first organist to the basilica of S. Petronio in Bologna and as the Kapellmeister at Milan Cathedral from 1984 to 1692. Differences of opinion with the Milanese Archbishop Federico Visconti led to his being suspendend twice, a...

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César Franck

César Franck

François Delor au nouvel orgue du Victoria Hall à Genève

In 1984, the Victoria Hall was badly damaged by arson, and its organ entirely destroyed. Shortly after this catastrophe, the City of Geneva took the brave decision to restore the Hall to its original 1894 decoration, and to reconstruct the organ. This task was perfectly carried out by the Dutch van den Heuvel Brothers, who built a magnificent neo-symphonic organ of four manuals and 71 stops. B...

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Christophe Schweizer  / 5SIX7

Christophe Schweizer / 5SIX7

PORTAS

Established since the middle of the Nineties in New York, Christophe Schweizer is a visionary composer in the field of today's progressive Jazz. Although well acquainted with the Jazz tradition, Schweizer is not bent on the past, but pursues the search for new composition and improvisation alloys. In doing so, he is asking the most from everyone including himself. Schweizer writes highly comple...

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Cimarosa - Paër

Cimarosa - Paër

IL Maestro Di Cappella

The bass Fernando Corena (born 22 December 1916 in Geneva, died 26 November 1984 in Lugano) belongs among those very few Swiss singers who achieved triumphal success in the most important opera houses of the world. He had a broad repertoire that was dominated by comic roles, and Francesco Corena became identified with that rare type of voice known as the basso buffo, in which a rich timbre was ...

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