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Klaus Huber

Klaus Huber

SOLILOQUIA SANCTI AURELII AUGUSTINI

Klaus Huber was born in 1924 in Berne. He spent two years as primary-school teacher before beginning his musical studies at the Zurich Conservatory, where his teachers were Stefi Geyer for violin and his godfather Willy Burkhard for theory and composition. In due course he became a violin teacher at the Zurich Conservatory and it was then that he began composing. His style, which grew out of Bu...

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Adolf Brunner

Adolf Brunner

Markus-Passion

Adolf Brunner wrote orchestral, choral and chamber music. A particular concern was the renewal of Protestant church music. He died in Thalwil in 1992. The present work was played in 1985. It was written for soloists, two choirs, orchestra and organ: "This recording is of particular value, because I was present at all stages during its preparation, and was completely satisfied with the resu...

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Albert Moeschinger

Albert Moeschinger

ON NE TRAVERSE PAS LA NUIT

Albert Moeschinger, born in 1897 in Basel, is a composer whose work makes comparisons difficult. His music has no real kinship with that written by his historical prototypes or with the more recent developments on the international music scene. Moeschinger is indeed, as he himself enjoyed pointing out, a lone wolf, and a composer who has always gone his own way. For a proper appreciation of Moe...

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Grammont Sélection 8

Grammont Sélection 8

Schweizer Uraufführungen 2014

The Grammont “Sélections” of the past seven years have never really given an impression of homogeneity. Only to a limited extent were they able to define any kind of “typical” Swiss style. Eighty years ago there still existed what seemed to be some kind of common aesthetic direction in Swiss music, and even just twenty years ago composers seemed to have at least a comparable approach to how the...

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Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

Der Tod und das Mädchen - Oper in sechs Szenen

While zapping at the TV, I came by chance on the actress Sigourney Weaver. After ten minutes of being transfixed to the screen, I knew that this was a topic for an opera. I saw the name of the author of the film script in the closing credits - Ariel Dorfman. That was in the summer of 2000. From this day onwards, I was obsessed by the vision of an opera on Death and the Maiden. I was able to get...

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Alfons Karl Zwicker

Alfons Karl Zwicker

VOM KLANG DER BILDER

The music of Alfons Karl Zwicker is characterized by a fascinating overlapping of genres. Until 1980, this pianist and composer from Saint Gall had devoted himself intensively to painting. In the course of his work, an increasing tendency to abstraction became apparent in his visual language, as well as an increasing use of musical elements such as rhythm and sound fields. These musical aspects...

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Alfred Keller

Alfred Keller

EWIGER AUGENBLICK

Born in 1907 in Rorschach, Alfred Keller matriculated from the technical division of the St. Gall Kantonsschule. From 1925 to 1927 he studied music at the Zurich Conservatory (with Volkmar Andreae) and from 1927 to 1930 he was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg's "Masterclass in musical composition" at the Prussian Academy of Berlin. His studies finished, he returned to settle in Rorschach....

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Alfred Zimmerlin

Alfred Zimmerlin

Komponisten-Portrait

The wideness, the whiteness - this allows us a means of getting close to Alfred Zimmerlin's music, a music of openness and variety, a music that grants itself time, and us too. Perhaps it was particularly important to the composer in these two works with cello that he should open things up, that he should enlarge his vision and purify his hearing of much that had accumulated, for the cello is h...

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André Richard

André Richard

GLIDIFVON AUSSEN HERECHANGESMUSIQUE DE RUE

André Richard was already 40 years old, half a dozen of his works had received their premières - and yet still this composer, born in the old part of the city of Berne in 1944, stubbornly refused to talk about his compositional development. Not a word about his training to become a chef in Berne and Geneva; nothing about how the son of a butcher-cum-landlord switched to music. That he had manag...

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Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

Der Sandmann - Oper in 10 Szenen

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s music traces human feelings highly precisely. It is full of emotion, strength, vibrancy and clarity. This is truly a music for the theatre! But in his case, as with many others, this phenomenon is not confined to the genre of opera . Yet in opera, not least in a narrative opera such as Der Sandmann (“The Sandmann”), we are dealing in particular with the “psychology ...

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Andreas Gutzwiller

Andreas Gutzwiller

SCHWEIZER KOMPOSITIONEN FÜR SHAKUHACHI

Andreas Gutzwiller was born in 1940. He studied musicology and ethnomusicology at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Wesleyan University in the USA. It was there that he began studying the Japanese flute or 'shakuhachi' with Araki Kodô V; he continued his studies with Kawase Junsuke III in Tokyo from 1972 to 1979. His doctoral thesis was on the history of shakuhachi music, and he was award...

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André-François Marescotti

André-François Marescotti

HYMNES POUR ORCHESTRE

André-François Marescotti was born in Carouge in 1902. Following his studies at the Geneva Conservatory, Marescotti went to Paris to study with Roger Ducasse. The whole Parisian atmosphere made a lasting impression. He was influenced, of course, by Debussy and Ravel, but more particularly by Roussel. This education produced a personal style markedly Latin in character, as opposed to the rest of...

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Annette Schmucki

Annette Schmucki

Komponistinnen-Portrait

Language work' is what Annette Schmucki calls her activity as a composer. Born in 1968, this Swiss composer has since the early 1990s devoted herself to the possibilities of engaging  with language in a musical manner: a search for commonalities between text and music, for a reconstruction of hidden connotations of the linguistic. Annette Schmucki wants to show that language is nothing rea...

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Anny Roth-Dalbert

Anny Roth-Dalbert

Ausgewählte Werke

She has witnessed a whole century of music and world history. Anne Roth-Dalbert, by profession pianist, conductor and composer, celebrated her 100th birthday on 12 October 2000. Music was and remains her elixir of life. In the Engadine, where she has lived since her marriage, she has been a pioneer in building up the local music life. And today, she still sits daily at her piano, improvisi...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

LES AVENTURES DU ROI PAUSOLE

When Arthur Honegger surprised the musical world with a genuine operetta, he gave the best possible proof of his creative imagination's exceptional diversity. Les Aventures du Roi Pausole was obviously composed with immense pleasure, and Honegger must have had great fun working on it: his friend Albert Willemetz's sparkling libretto certainly encouraged him. Willemetz based his wonderful libret...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

NICOLAS DE FLUE

On the surface, war and the threat of civil war form the dramatic focal points of Honegger's Nicolas de Flue, and in fact war itself casts its shadow upon the history of its first performance. The work was commissioned by Canton Neuchatel for the Swiss national exhibition of 1939 (the so-called 'Landi'), the libretto being written by Denis de Rougemont, and the music composed by Arthur Honegger...

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Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger

"Rugby". Mouvement symphonique Symphonie liturgique Symphonie "Di tre re"

As a regular attendee of rugby matches in Paris in the 1920s, Honegger was passionate about the “wild, abrupt, disordered, despairing rhythms” of matches, and for the whole spectacle bound up with it: “I like: 1) this kind of euphoria, of hope, of the overwhelming, baseless joy that the game engenders; 2) at the same time the fateful, unforeseeable phases of the game, the dribbling of the forwa...

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Bächli / Schneider

Bächli / Schneider

Klavierduo-Portrait

Gertrud Schneider and Thomas Bächli have been performing as a piano duo for almost twenty years. Both pianos are tuned normally, each for itself; but one of them is tuned a quarter-tone lower than the other. The new intervals thus only result when the two pianos play together - chords by playing simultaneously, melodies by playing alternately.

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Balz Trümpy

Balz Trümpy

ANIMADIONYSOS-HYMNENPOLYPTYCHONEMPHATISCHER GESANG

Balz Trümpi was born in Basle; he grew up in Glarus. He received  his musical education at the Conservatory of the "Musikakademie Basel": teaching diploma for piano, concert class for piano with Paul Baumgartner. Composition studies and teaching diploma for musical theory. Further studies in composition in Rome with . and as assistant to - Berio. Several stays at the IRCAM in Par...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

Komponisten-Portrait

Beat Furrer’s art of composition is like an exploration of fundamental principles, an exploration that is made accessible in the work and through the act of hearing it. Aggregate states in sound, musical processes, the nature of time itself and the contrast between the subject and the world are the topics of his works – though they are at the same time expressive snapshots of the mome...

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