See Siang Wong

Swiss Piano Project


CD 1: Felix Baumann (*1961): ich und ich; Daniel Fueter (*1949): Slumberland; Thomas Läubli (*1977): Klavierstück Nr. 2; Laurent Mettraux (*1970): Traces gravées dans le Sable; Mathias Steinauer (*1959): kurzkurz © Live at Carnegie op. 24; Gérard Zinsstag (*1941): Cinq petites études sur les résonances; Martin Neukom (*1956): Studie 19.4; Alfred Zimmerlin (*1955): Klavierstück 11; Jürg Wyttenbach (*1935): ... innig beflügelt. CD 2: Hans Ulrich Lehmann (1937–2013): Klavierstück 2009; Jannis Weggenmann (*1984): Übrig; Cécile Marti (*1973): Changing five; Walter Baer (*1928): Zwielicht; Peter Wettstein (*1939): Fünf Facetten für Klavier; Burkhard Kinzler (*1963): Circles & Commas; Martin Derungs (*1943): 5 Ausgänge; Francesco Hoch (*1943): Flashback; Franz Rechsteiner (*1941): Ver-Fügungen; Heinz Marti (*1934): Méditation interrompue; Rolf Urs Ringger (*1935): So tender was the Night. CD 3: Andreas Nick (1953): Menora, sieben Erleuchtungen für Klavier; René Wohlhauser (*1954): Morphologia – Polyphonia; Valentin Marti (*1965): Storr; Bruno Karrer (*1956): Helle Seelen ohne Saum; Jonas Bühler (*1985): Palau de les Artes; Xavier Dayer (*1972): Cantus 1; Hans Ulrich Lehmann (1937–2013): Drei Miniaturen für Klavier; Patrick Frank (*1975): (…); Rudolf Kelterborn (*1931): aus «Klavierstücke 1–6». Alle Werke sind See Siang Wong gewidmet.


A whole triple-CD box full of new Swiss piano music: what could it be like? Is it brimming with the specifics of Helvetian composing? Does it perhaps afford a glimpse of the Swiss national character in 88 keys? Or is it simply one more addition to an already lush repertoire of piano music? Let me offer, as a provisional answer, a rather modest, not to say laconic proposition: it’s about getting this new music written and performed. Before delving any further, let’s take a moment to reflect on the ways of the performing pianist’s guild, the unwritten rules, developed over decades, which render the business of staging piano concerts as indispensable as it is suspect. One dreams of enlarging the existing repertoire of piano music at one’s risk, since what is “acceptable” is nowhere as clearly defined as for burgeoning classical piano soloists, who must earn their stripes in the field staked out between Scarlatti and Ravel. No wonder, in view of the historically significant context, that certain of the pieces explicitly confront piano tradition and ritual. For Daniel Fueter and Martin Derungs virtuosity is key, while Gérard Zinsstag and Jürg Wyttenbach use the instrument’s technical restrictions as an opportunity for audio experimentation and some outré sounds. Still others, such as Martin Neukom, are not fussed about technical feasibility but pursue instead an aesthetic ideal, leaving its implementation to the true master of the keys. And finally, the initiator himself, See Siang Wong, together with his provenance, also served as a spur to the character of the compositions, with elements of China’s cultural tradition playing a central role in the contribution of Laurent Mettraux, and the astonishing careers of select Chinese piano prodigies rousing Matthias Steinauer to feats of satirical fun.


Felix Baumann, Daniel Fueter, Thomas Läubli, Laurent Mettraux Mathias Steinauer, Xavier Dayer u.v.a.


See Siang Wong

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CTS-M 143

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