Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Sinfonie Nr. 2 / Sinfonia

The symphonies of the two Polish composers on this CD were composed and first performed within several months of each other in the mid-1920s (they are both also in g minor, as it happens). At first glance it could almost seem as if these two men, Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek, spent their lives shadowing each other. They were born just nine years apart in the then divided Poland, and while Kle...

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Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Sinfonie Nr. 2 / Sinfonia

The symphonies of the two Polish composers on this CD were composed and first performed within several months of each other in the mid-1920s (they are both also in g minor, as it happens). At first glance it could almost seem as if these two men, Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek, spent their lives shadowing each other. They were born just nine years apart in the then divided Poland, and while Kle...

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Peter Mieg

Peter Mieg

Ausgewählte Werke

This rediscovery of the composer, which is grounded in two pre-War works, namely the String Trio of 1937 and the String Quartet of 1938, could certainly have further repercussions, for there is a whole series of the composer's early works that have never been performed. Here, we get to know a young composer, just thirty years old, who is representative of the cutting-edge of the musical develop...

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Pierre Maurice

Pierre Maurice

oeuvres choisies

The quality of his music puts Pierre Maurice in the front rank of the composers, both German- and French- speaking, who enriched - often notably enriched - Switzerland's musical heritage at the turn of the 20th century. It has been too long ignored. Thanks to Ursula Wick, backed in her initiative by the composer's grandson, François Maurice, these splendid scores have been brought back to life....

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Quatuors Suisses Pour Instruments à Anches

Quatuors Suisses Pour Instruments à Anches

Quatuor Francis Poulenc

The pastoral charm of the oboe, the sweet volubility of the clarinet, the languorous timbre of the alto and tenor saxophones and the warm, round tone of the bassoon. The quartet of reed instruments has at its disposal a broad palette of sonorities, which is on this CD enriched even further by the singular colours of the cor anglais and the bass clarinet. The Francis Poulenc Quartet was founded ...

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René Gerber

René Gerber

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été - Oper (2 CD)

The style of René Gerber is tonal, of a modal turn with traces of polytonality, and is situated in the French tradition. Possessed of clarity, and without excess, his compositional discourse accords to every instrument or group of instruments a specific role, occasionally solistic, even when situated in the heart of the orchestra. The opera A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in 1981. It is a...

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Rhapsodische Kammermusik aus der Schweiz

Rhapsodische Kammermusik aus der Schweiz

Ernst Levy (1895-1981); Hermann Suter (1870-1926); Frank Martin (1890-1974)

The three works on this CD - by Ernst Levy, Frank Martin and Hermann Suter - are here recorded for the very first time, and are significant in the context of the development of Swiss chamber music for strings in the first half of the 20th century. They reflect with exemplary clarity both the very different attitudes prevalent in Swiss musical thinking of their time, and the then concentration o...

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Richard Flury

Richard Flury

ST. URS UND ST. VICTOR

As a composer, Richard Flury had definite leanings towards the Late Romantic tradition, developing new directions within the boundaries of tonality, although he was always intent on letting himself be led by his natural musical impulses and feelings. Music was for him a romantic form of art, a language of emotion, and he was adverse to purely constructivist ideologies. If indeed his composition...

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

im Schweizer Exil

This CD features the first-ever recording of Siegfrieds Tod (Siegfried's Death) written in 1850 as well as songs and piano works of Swiss friends and colleagues of Wagner. It is published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Wagner's arrival in Zurich after the failed Dresden uprising of 1849. As with the CD "Zurich Composers in Richard Wagner's Circle" (MGB CD 6153), so t...

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Richard Wagner  und seine Zürcher Komponistenfreunde

Richard Wagner und seine Zürcher Komponistenfreunde

Klavierstücke und Lieder von Wilhelm Baumgartner

When Richard Wagner fled to Zurich on account of his activities in the failed Dresden uprising of May 1849, he did not intend to stay for long. Zurich had neither an opera company to satisfy the celebrated royal capellmeister nor a music-loving prince who might have founded one. The only orchestra in Zurich was run by the local music society and comprised some two dozen musicians, most of them ...

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Robert Lucas Pearsall

Robert Lucas Pearsall

Lay a Garland - Doppelchörige Madrigale

Robert Lucas Pearsall was a true English Renaissance Polymath - but for the fact that he lived in the 19th C! For all his pronounced 'Englishness', Pearsall chose to spend his last fourteen years in Switzerland, in a schloss by a beautiful lake. There he embraced Switzerland as his preferred, adopted home - and from where many of his finest last works were written. This CD is devoted to his lif...

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

Manfred

In 1848 Schumann appeared to enjoy a period of complete absorption with composition. Having barely finished his opera Genoveva, he plunged into writing music for Manfred, a dramatic poem by Lord Byron that is taking place in the Swiss mountains. "Never before have I devoted to a new composition so much passion and energy" admitted the composer, while Clara Schumann noted in her person...

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Robert Walser in der Schweizer Musik

Robert Walser in der Schweizer Musik

...With music, I always only have the one impression: something's missing. I shall never find out the reason for this gentle sadness, and shall never want to find it out...' Walser himself said he was 'indescribably unsuccessful', but was highly regarded by authors such as Kafka and Benjamin. Nevertheless, right until his death, he remained a literary outsider, known just amongst the cognoscent...

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Rolf Liebermann

Rolf Liebermann

La Forêt

Rolf Liebermann wrote his fourth opera The Forest to a commission from the Grand Théatre de Genève and Radio Télévision Suisse Romande in the mid-1980s, after having been silent as an opera composer for thirty years. During that time, he had been a successful intendant at the operas of Hamburg (1959-73), Paris (1973-80), then finally in Hamburg again (1985-88). According to his own testimony, t...

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Rolf Urs Ringger

Rolf Urs Ringger

Aria amorosa, The Golden Heat of Midday, "Feuillages" für Streichquartett, Klavierstücke

Rolf Urs Ringger is, as he likes to stress himself, a hedonist - both in matters of music and otherwise. This might be a result of his love for things Mediterranean, his enthusiasm from Greek culture or his overall positive regard for our earthly existence. A large proportion of his oeuvre can be interpreted in terms of light symbolism, quite regardless of whether we are dealing with an orchest...

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Rudolf Kelterborn

Rudolf Kelterborn

SINFONIE IV CELLOSONATE NUOVI CANTI

Symphony IV (1985/86) - In conversation with Arthur Godel, Rudolf Kelterborn said he had dispensed with a programmatic title. "In my eyes the symphony is absolute music without an extramusical programme." And indeed, this music is so expressive that it needs no programme. It seems to me like an opera without text or decor. These are visions in sonority, with oppressive tensions, ...

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Rudolf Kelterborn

Rudolf Kelterborn

Cellokonzert, Namenlos, Kammerkonzert

Every listener can let his own imagination unfold unfettered. As a result of this, I also refrained from giving character descriptions to the individual movements. And I most certainly won't let myself be led into describing or explaining my new work - neither its content, its atmosphere nor its formal structures' (Rudolf Kelterborn).

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Sándor Veress

Sándor Veress

THRENOS (in memoriam Béla Bartók)

Sandor Veress wrote his Threnos in memoriam Béla Bartók in a very short space of time after having received the news of Bartók's death on 26 September 1945. It was the last important work that Veress wrote before the creative hiatus preceding his emigration to Switzerland in February 1949. The Threnos is carried by an unremitting basic pulse of regular crotchet beats that cease only at one poin...

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Sándor Veress

Sándor Veress

Klavierwerke

In the 1930s, Sàndor Veress concentrated on musical pedagogy, in which he saw the central task as not just music education, but cultural education, educating the whole person. He was convinced that by not just concentrating on the manual, technical aspects of playing, but by recognizing and engaging with elementary musical phenomena, a person’s taste would be educated to such an extent th...

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Sàndor Veress

Sàndor Veress

SANCTI AUGUSTINI PSALMUS

The Sancti Augustini Psalmus marks the highpoint of Sandor Veress's early period, spent in Hungary. "In view of the danger represented by Nazi barbarity, I chose this text for its eternal validity, its timelessness, for the way it speaks to all ages", said the composer, who found the text particularly apposite in the tragic years of 1943/44, when war was raging throughout Europe. This...

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