Frank Martin / Adolf Brunner

Frank Martin / Adolf Brunner

Messe pour double choeur a cappella

"Except for the Agnus Dei, which was written in 1926, this Mass was composed in 1922. (...) It seemed to me that the expression of religious feelings ought to remain hidden, and had nothing to do with public opinion. So this score lay in a desk drawer for forty years..." (Frank Martin). Adolf Brunner wrote his Christmas Gospel after St Luke in 1963. This recording has been made in 199...

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Franz Tischhauser

Franz Tischhauser

Die drei Morgensterniaden

The creation of the three Morgensterniads spans almost half a century. In 1937 the sixteen-year old set to music his favorite poems from the songbook for children "Klein Irmchen". In 1950 the St. Gall chamber choir's wish for an a cappella composition inspired the next dip into the complex Morgenstern source. Seven of the most striking Galgenlieder (gibbet songs) were gathered into a ...

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Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Miserere - Motetten

In the year of the 170th anniversary of Theodor Fröhlich's death, we were able to fulfil his long-held desire, and perform his Miserere and four of his motets. Fröhlich left behind two manuscript volumes of motets. The first was written during his second stay in Berlin, from May 1827 to December 1829. The second volume, written from October 1830 to August 1835, was finished in Aarau. The 'Miser...

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Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Streichquartette

Many people in the German-speaking countries know a work by Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich without ever having heard his name – he’s the composer of the song “Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen” to a text by Joseph von Eichendorff, which was a hit that was included in every song book until the early 20th century. This song’s popularity surely lies in Fröhlich’s singable but by no means simple melo...

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Fritz Brun - Othmar Schoeck

Fritz Brun - Othmar Schoeck

Streichquartette

The 'late Romantics' Othmar Schoeck and Fritz Brun are both regarded as typical examples of how Swiss music was 'behind the times'. Schoeck completed his quartet op. 37 in 1923, shortly after he had been first confronted with musical Modernism at the chamber music festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music in Salzburg. In his letters, Schoeck expressly recognized the innovativ...

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Fröhlich - Goetz - Huber

Fröhlich - Goetz - Huber

Liederquartette

The Zurich Vocal Quartet was formed in 1988 for a chamber music competition organized by the Migros Corporation. As a prize-winner, it was immediately engaged for a Swiss tour with the famous pianist and accompanist Irwin Gage. In the ten years since its inception, the Quartet has given concerts in the Zurich Tonhalle, in the Zurich concert cycle 'Friends of the Lied' and at the Arezzo Festival...

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Frölich & Lüdi

Frölich & Lüdi

Fortunat Frölich

Letter to Art Pepper' was created in 1995. This encounter of free-jazz and classical orchestral music is not primarily supposed to be a fusion but rather a confrontation. The mutual playful handling of dialogues and gestures allows the meeting genres to unfold in all their authenticity. The composer Fortunat Frölich does not believe in the dogma of the unity of style; he exploits the ...

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GAS

GAS

GREAT AMERICAN SONGS

Nowadays, when a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer decide to play "Great American Songs", they enter into a tradition that is not to be taken lightly. Improvisations based on songs have been a favourite occupation of jazz musicians for many decades, and the list of "definitive" song interpretations is accordingly long. In the field of the jazz piano trio, we hear t...

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Gaspard Fritz

Gaspard Fritz

Sinfonien I und II, op. 6 - Violinkonzert

The violinist Philippe Fritz (1689–1744) came from Celle in Lower Saxony and settled in Geneva at the age of twenty. It was there that he married Jeanne Guibourdance. Four years later, on 18 February 1716, their son Gaspard was born. His first violin lessons were presumably given him by his father, and in the 1730s the young Gaspard studied in Turin with Giovanni Battista Somis, a wellknown ...

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Gaudibert - Meier - Mieg

Gaudibert - Meier - Mieg

Konzerte

Three exemplary concerts for chamber orchestra of three composers of the 20th century.

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George Crumb

George Crumb

MAKROKOSMOS I + II

George Crumb wrote Macrocosmos, 12 pieces after the signs of the Zodiac for amplified piano in 1972, and the following year added a second set under the same title. Each of these 24 pieces is dedicated to a person born under the respective sign, whose initials appear as a dedication in the score. The result is a connection between music and astrology, the nature of which varies according to the...

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George Gruntz

George Gruntz

Expo Triangle

The Symphonie Les Echanges by Rolf Liebermann (1910-1999) was commissioned by Sector No. 5, 'Les échanges' (Goods and Values) the 1946 Swiss National Exhibition in Lausanne entitled EXPO 64. This work for 156 office machines was to be heard every hour, in a specially constructed pavilion. Liebermann wanted to transform it into a musical work. He called in the Swiss jazz musician Georg...

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George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz

George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz

The Magic of a Flute

In 1972, the German writer Peter O. Chotjewitz was commissioned by the opera house director Rolf Liebermann to write the scenario for an opera. It was to be based on the story of the 'Magic Flute' as devised by Emanuel Schikaneder, which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart naturally had set to music as one of the greatest masterworks of all time. On the basis of this scenario, reduced to 'storyboards', Geo...

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Hans Huber

Hans Huber

Quintett und Sextett für Bläser und Klavier

Along with Hermann Suter and Friedrich Hegar, Hans Huber was one of the leading musical personalities in German-speaking Switzerland at the turn of the 20th century. Huber composed his Sextet in 1898 at a very busy time when he was giving private lessons, fulfilling various offices and also directing the Basle Gesangverein. The Sextet was given its first performance on 11 June 1900 as part of a...

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Hans Huber

Hans Huber

Klavierquintett Nr. 1 g-Moll, op. 111; Klavierquartett Nr. 2 E-Dur "Waldlieder", op. 117

When the Swiss Musicians' Association (SMA) was founded in 1900, no other musician was as much at the centre of attention at its festival concerts in Zurich than the composer, pianist and music educator Hans Huber, who at the time was a resident of Basle. His conducting of the Basle symphony concerts and of the Basle Choral Society from 1899 to 1902 secured his high reputation. But just a ...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 - Divertimento Nr. 1 - Poème funèbre - Sérénade pour Montreux

The Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister gained an international reputation as an opera composer. His direct, easily comprehensible musical language created a close relationship between stage, singers and his audience, enabling him to gain the favour of a broad public. Carl Orff and Hans Pfitzner are often mentioned as being amongst Sutermeister's teachers. However, of the latter he only heard ...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

DIE SCHWARZE SPINNE

With his first opera The Black Spider, written in 1935 on a commission from Radio Berne, Heinrich Sutermeister established himself as one of the pioneers of radio opera. Sutermeister summed up very concisely the specific demands made by this genre: "Radio opera is an opera that is designed for the ear alone, because it has to forgo the visual element. It has to be precise and vivid, so tha...

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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

Romeo und Julia - Oper in 2 Akten

Heinrich Sutermeister, whose opera Romeo and Juliet I premièred at the Dresden State Opera, is one of the greatest creative talents on the European music scene today'. This was how Karl Böhm recommended the young Swiss composer to his conducting colleagues in the 1940s. Shortly after its highly successful world premiere on 13 April 1940 in Dresden (with the famous Maria Cebotari in the role of ...

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Hermann Meier

Hermann Meier

Kammermusik und Orchesterwerke 1960-69

Romanticism all around; in the 1950s, things changed for me: no melodies any more, only layers of sound, like reinforced concrete. I have to go to Solothurn again and learn to curse; they curse there for several minutes at a time, whole symphonies of curses, it's wonderful...' (Hermann Meier). This position quite off the beaten track, without an audience - and with no desire to serve its expect...

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Hermann Suter

Hermann Suter

Sämtliche Streichquartette

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