Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi

Madrigali

The name of Edwin Loehrer (1906-1991) is closely bound up with the Monteverdi renaissance of the 1950s and '60s - several decades before Monteverdi's operas achieved a breakthrough on the stage thanks to Ponnelle and Harnoncourt at the Zurich Opera House in the 1980s. The LP recordings of Monteverdi's madrigals that Edwin Loehrer made with the "Società cameristica di Lugano" (a group ...

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Da Pacem

Da Pacem

Vokalmusik zum Thema Frieden

The Basle Madrigalists were founded in 1978. They have very rapidly established themselves as one of the leading vocal ensembles in Switzerland. The ensemble promotes ancient and contemporary music, and is particularly active in the rediscovery of undeservedly forgotten works. Their programs are generally organized around a central theme. The present recording presents five works having th...

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Das Neue Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Projekt

Das Neue Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Projekt

Das Appenzeller Universum zwischen Volks- und Kunstmusik

Based on musical elements of the "Appenzell universe" and taking into consideration the musicians' vast potential, this project follows new paths, as far as both form and instrumental technique are concerned. The musicians have taken great care in choosing and arranging the pieces in order to meet with the high level of the wonderful jewels which traditional Appenzell music has to off...

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Dmitri Schostakowitsch j

Dmitri Schostakowitsch j

SINFONIE NR. 4

The Fourth Symphony marks not only the first highpoint in Shostakovitch's canon of 15 symphonies, but also the closing point of a phase in his compositional development - a development that underwent a radical change of direction in the works that followed it. The demands made by the Fourth Symphony are considerably greater than those of Shostakovitch's first three symphonies. This fact is also...

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Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

SINFONIE NR. 5

The 5th Symphony holds a special place within Schostakovich's output. It is the first symphony he wrote after several years of cruel persecution by the communist regime. In a review in "Prawda" of the premiere of Shostakovich's opera "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District" we read: 'Chaos instead of music!' This shattering judgment came from Stalin himself. Shortly afterwards...

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Dutilleux - Rappaz - Ligeti

Dutilleux - Rappaz - Ligeti

Streichquartette

The Ortys Quartet first gathered in Geneva in 1993. Wishing to satisfy its public with a wide approach to music, the ensemble offers an eclectic repertoire, including classical as well as numerous contemporary pieces. The Ortys Quartet has premiered several works by Swiss composers. Over the past years, the ensemble has won prizes at the AMS competition (1995) and the Trapani competition (Italy...

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Emil Frey

Emil Frey

Klavierwerke

Emil Frey's oeuvre comprises 102 opus numbers, of which only a small number have been published, and they range from piano miniatures to piano suites, chamber music, orchestral works and large-scale choral pieces. Nevertheless, Frey's music for piano solo is central to his oeuvre and impresses one on account of its formal and stylistic variety as much as by its colourful, iridescent aesthetic.

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

CONCERTI GROSSI I&II

In Switzerland, there is nothing to suggest that Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) is in fact, in international terms, the most often-performed composer of Swiss origin. While the composer of the symphonic fresco Helvetia, The Land of Mountains and its People (1929) receives little attention in his homeland except for the occasional performance of a few chamber music works, the composer of the epic rhap...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Klavierquintette

Bloch's First Piano Qunitet is still rarely played, though all experts seem to be at one in acknowledging its exceptional quality. The American musicologist and pianist Olin Downes regards it as 'the greatest work in its form since the piano quintets of Brahms and César Frank'. Bloch had first turned to twelve-note techniques in his Third String Quartet, written in 1952 at the age of 72, and wa...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Kammermusikwerke für Violoncello

The young Swiss violoncellist Chiara Enderle (born in 1992) was laureate of Migros Culture Percentage study prize and recorded for Musiques Suisses the three Suites for solo cello as well as three other chamber music works with cello by Ernest Bloch. Bloch wrote the Suites during the last years of his life when, for reasons of health, he endeavoured to attain a more economic way of writing, ...

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Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Musikbücher des Basler Juristen Bonifacius Amerbach

Bonifacius was to become the most famous member of the prominent family of Amerbach. A friend of Erasmus since his youth, Bonifacius was responsible for the estate of the great humanist after his death. He began at an early age to collect music books. These music books testify to the cosmopolitan taste of their young owner, for they contain vocal and instrumental works whose provenance ran...

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Fabian Müller

Fabian Müller

Klavierkonzert, Labyrinth, Suite für Violoncello und Streichorchester, Lied des Einsamen

Fabian Müller is one of the leading Swiss composers of his generation. His music is created wholly out of an intuitive freedom. His starting point is rarely a concept developed by the intellect for the music to follow. His works thus encompass modernistic and traditional elements. He feels no duty to any particular school or dogma, seeing his composing as a voyage of discovery undertaken by an ...

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Fortunat Frölich

Fortunat Frölich

Leh Ya Jarè

Leh Ya Jarè' is an Arab expression meaning 'Why, oh my neighbour?!'  It serves as a title for our project, and is to be understood in a thoroughly programmatic sense: 'Why, oh my neighbour?! Is something wrong? Do we have a problem?' 'Leh Ya Jarè' is a project of meeting. It is not a through-composed work, but more of a concept that essentially places the fear of foreigners onto a cul...

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Francesco Hoch

Francesco Hoch

The Magic Ring - Spettacolo musicale in un Prologo, Nove sedute e un Epilogo per tre voci femminili, tre voci maschili, tre chitarre elettriche, tre percussionisti e nastro magnetico a 8 canali

There is no real story told in The Magic Ring: there are eight scenes (of which the fifth is intended solely for the stage version), which are named ‘meetings’, which depict situations that refer to each other, and are strung together between the ‘Prologue’ and ‘Epilogue’. The world of the stock exchange as described in The Magic Ring reveals itself not merel...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Requiem

Martin's most important late work is his Requiem (1971-72). He succeeded in communicating his uplifting message to his fellow men in his own, personal, new musical language; and in doing so, he left us music that leads us again and again away from tension and fear to spiritual freedom.

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Werke mit Gitarre

The idea behind his four-movement, suite-like cycle for guitar that later was given the title 'Four short pieces' came from the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia (1893-1987). Martin had returned to his hometown of Geneva in 1924 after two years spent in Paris, and it was in Geneva that Segovia also settled in the early 1930s. He was already one of the best-known musicians of his day, whereas Mar...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Golgotha (1945-1948) - Oratorium in zwei Teilen für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Orgel nach den Evangelien und Texten des Heiligen Augustinus

"In early 1945, an exhibition of the Geneva Museum of Fine Arts offered the opportunity to admire a wonderful collection of copper engravings by Rembrandt. Amongst these many masterpieces I found myself particularly impressed by three starkly different printings of a vision of Golgotha, under the title of 'The three crosses'. After seeing this picture, I was pursued by the desire to depict...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Musique de chambre

Although there exists relatively few pieces of chamber music by Frank Martin they recommend themselves by the high quality which characterizes the whole production of this most demanding of masters. It includes one of the greatest masterpieces, the unique String Quartet  (1966-1967), unique also in this period, as the rest belongs mostly to the time between 1913 and 1936. If this quartet i...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Cantate pour le temps de Noël - Trois Chants de Noël

When Frank Martin decided to write this Cantata, he had only just discovered the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, and was deeply struck by them: 'It was like a revelation to me, a deeply moving experience'. The relationship of this work to this genre of art is obvious: there are principals (soli) who are conceived statically, above a sparkling, colourful background (the orchestra). Even the influe...

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Frank Martin

Frank Martin

Intégrale des oeuvres pour flûte

Complete Works for Flute by Frank Martin A scenic performance of Le Vin herbé in Salzburg in 1948 gave him his international breakthrough. Martin’s oeuvre includes religious works such as Golgotha and Le Mystère de la Nativité, orchestral music such as the Petite Symphonie concertante, solo vocal works such as Der Cornet (Rilke), plus choral and chamber music. His works today belong to th...

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