Hermann Suter

Hermann Suter

LE LAUDI

Le Laudi, a full-length work for soloists, choir, boys voices, large orchestra and organ, is the crowning achievement and conclusion of Hermann Suter's career as a composer. Suter was the leading authority in the musical life of Basle at the beginning of the 20th century. The work is dedicated to "his" Basler Gesangverein on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. It was...

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Hermann Suter  / Werner Wehrli

Hermann Suter / Werner Wehrli

Sinfonie d-Moll op. 17 / Chilbizite

Although a generation divided them, the composers Hermann Suter and Werner Wehrli were united by numerous commonalities beyond the shared canton of their birth, Aargau. Werner Wehrli completed his training as a composer in 1917/1918 under Hermann Suter in Basel. Both of them had studied in Germany, both had their most important works published by Hug & Co. in Zurich from 1920 onwards, and b...

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Hermann Von Glenck

Hermann Von Glenck

Orchesterwerke

Hermann von Glenck belongs to the most important Swiss composers of the late Romantic era. His compositional style remained single-mindedly fixed on the path that he had chosen for himself. He consciously avoided following the latest developments. The Symphony Carità eterna was performed for the first-ever time on this recording. In 1906, it was accepted by Ernst von Schuch (the General Music D...

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Im Öpfel schloft en Baum

Im Öpfel schloft en Baum

E Gschicht vom Linard Bardill mit Musig us der Schwiiz

As the producer of a CD series that is largely devoted to releasing music removed from the mainstream, the record label Musiques Suisses constantly thinks about how to bring its treasures - some of them magnificent pieces of music - to a broader audience, also to a younger audience. Then came the idea of letting a storyteller beloved by children and parents alike - such as Linard Bardill - take...

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János Tamás

János Tamás

Kammermusik

The music world was hardly aware of whom it had lost when Janos Tamas committed suicide in November 1995. He had been born in Hungary, had lived in Switzerland since 1955, and had developed a varied field of activity, working as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. He was highly regarded by his circle of friends, students and admirers. The four chamber works that are recorded here date f...

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Johann Melchior Gletle

Johann Melchior Gletle

Marienvesper

The exceptional quality of the music of J. M. Gletle has long been talked about in musical circles. But because there are no practical editions of his music, his works are almost never heard in the concert hall. On 17 April 1654, the Cathedral Chapter appointed 'Melchior Glötlen the organist of the cathedral to the post also of capellmeister'. Until his death on 2 September 1683, Gletle remaine...

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Juon - Martin - Schnyder

Juon - Martin - Schnyder

Klaviertrios

The present recording of the Swiss Piano Trio unites three very different works by Swiss composers: two from the first half of the 20th century - Paul Juon's Litaniae op. 70 and Frank Martin's Trio on Irish folk melodies - and Daniel Schnyder's Piano Trio of 1999/2000, written on the cusp of the 21st century. Despite their being roughly contemporaneous, there are major stylistic differences bet...

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Juon - Schoeck - Müller

Juon - Schoeck - Müller

Werke für Violoncello und Klavier

At first glance, the present programme of works, contrasting late-Romantic and contemporary Swiss composers, might seem odd. But once one knows that a creative engagement with the folk music of their respective homelands was for Paul Juon and Fabian Müller equally important, playing a role that was at times stylistically decisive, then it becomes clear that they have fundamental matters in comm...

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Klaus Huber

Klaus Huber

Schwarzerde - Bühnenwerk in neun Sequenzen. Libretto von Michael Schindhelm in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Komponisten nach Gedichten und Prosatexten von Ossip Mandelstam.

In Klaus Huber's oeuvre (that now spans half a century), there appear time and again entire series or groups of compositions that are connected in a more or less discernible manner. These are mostly fed by overlapping ideas, and culminate in a greater work that in turn represents the sum total of the previous experiences. The works that revolve around the person and work of Osip Madelstam relat...

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La Rosière Républicaine

La Rosière Républicaine

Various composers

When we speak of the music of the last decades of the 18th century, the first composers we mention are usually the three "Viennese Classics" Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. While this was indeed one of the highlights of musical history, we appear - especially in our musical activities - to have completely forgotten it was also a period of experimentation. Industrial renewal and the Frenc...

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Les Délices de la Suisse

Les Délices de la Suisse

Gitarrenlieder aus der Schweiz

Whoever wanted to become a musician in Ferdinand Huber's lifetime had to prove himself on what was at the time the fashionable instrument among the intellectuals - the instrument that smacked of freedom, brotherhood, simplicity, naturalness and folksiness. Huber's topics had their roots in the ideals and virtues of the Biedermeier, and dwell on the myth of rustic simplicity, frugality and relig...

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Lieder von Schweizer Komponisten

Lieder von Schweizer Komponisten

OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957), WERNER WEHRLI

Although the Lied for solo voice and piano was of only marginal importance in Switzerland, Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957), an ingeniously lyrical composer from Brunnen, developed it to a high artistic form. While he was initially greatly influenced by German Lied composers such as Brahms, Schubert and Wolf and inspired first and foremost by German poetry, Schoeck discovered his own, unmistakable mu...

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Lucerne Chamber Brass

Lucerne Chamber Brass

Bauernmusik revisted

Wherever Swiss folk music is mentioned, one automatically thinks of yodeling, the alphorn, or the so-called ‘ländler music’. As in many other places in Europe, the last of these is based on popular dance forms of the 19th century such as the polka, the waltz, the ‘Scottish’, mazurka or gallop. Although the same dance forms and similar melodies can be found in other Alpin...

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Ludwig Senfl

Ludwig Senfl

Missa Paschalis und Motetten

Ludwig Senfl was born in 1486, probably in Basle, and grew up in Zurich. He was only ten years old when he became a choirboy at the court chapel of Emperor Maximilian I. His works are well-documented, were already printed during his lifetime, and provide sufficient proof of the quality of his musical talent and of his exceptional, even unique position as court composer. In 1515, Senfl's being a...

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Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Cantus coagulatus - vierstimmige Kompositionen für Messe und Offizium für das Kloster St. Gallen (um 1560)

What is special about Barbarini’s compositions is not their polyphony in itself, but how they are presented. Except in a few cases, the plainchant on which each piece is based is notated in Gothic neumes in the tenor part, while the surrounding parts – Discantus, Altus and Bassus – are written in white mensural notation. The rhythm of the tenor is such that every note of the plainchant is giv...

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Martin - Honegger - Burkhard

Martin - Honegger - Burkhard

Werke für Violoncello und Klavier

This CD presents cello sonatas by three of the most important Swiss composers from the first half of the 20th century. Even though Willy Burkhard, Frank Martin and Arthur Honegger all come from the same country, attempts to find a typical 'Swiss music style' in their works will be in vain, because such a style does not really exist. Arthur Honegger spent the greater part of his life in France, ...

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Martin Schlumpf

Martin Schlumpf

VIER JAHRESZEITEN

To come into being and to pass away; to bud, to blossom, to reap, and to wither, to die, to lie fallow... the eternal cycle of the seasons, the play of colours, the barely-perceptible changes, the scents, the rare discontinuities, the wide spaces, the wind... music generally enfolding in a slow, continual process; with occasional sidelong glances; with motives that are frequently superimposed; ...

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Meier - Schostakowitsch - Wellesz

Meier - Schostakowitsch - Wellesz

Liederzyklen für Bass und Klavier

The title of Jost Meier’s song cycle “In these sunny days…” is misleading, for the text continues immediately with: “let us go down into the shafts”. In fact, the texts all move downwards, into the realm of darkness, death, down into the earth – a place of decay as much as it is the starting point of life. It was perhaps this ambivalence that fascinated...

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Mein blaues Klavier

Mein blaues Klavier

Schweizer Lieder - Noëmi Nadelmann / Oliver Schnyder

The Swiss composer Leo Nadelmann (1913-1998) was born in Biel. He possessed an immense strength that displayed itself not just in his extremely broad spectrum of compositional activity, but encompassed his whole being. His intensive career as a pianist took him in particular to America, where he also lived after the Second World War. After returning to Switzerland, he was from 1965 to 1978 Head...

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Mörike-Vertonungen aus der Schweiz

Mörike-Vertonungen aus der Schweiz

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Eduard Friedrich Mörike (1804-1875)

The southern German poet Eduard Friedrich Mörike (1804-1875) was one of the most significant poets between Romanticism and Realism. Mörike's work was received in various contradictory ways. It was either admired uncritically, or criticized for being conventional or even backward-looking when compared with the other poets of his age. Whatever one thinks of Mörike: the wonderful, atmospheric pict...

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