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Joolerei

Joolerei

Eine Jodelreise mit Nadja Räss

The concept of "Joolerei" has its origins in the Toggenburg region, where yodelling is called "joole"; the word describes a direct, old, ethnic form of yodelling. The yodelling journey on which Nadja Räss takes us shows a young woman who most certainly has not yet arrived at her final goal. She remains as we know her: someone searching, yet without being restless. She steers...

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Baumann Large Ensemble

Baumann Large Ensemble

Kein schöner Land

No lovelier land - An imaginary Swiss journey. A kind of (absurd) journey through Switzerland leads us through the most varied situations, landscapes and episodes, including veritable nightmares, frosty snowstorms, springtime idylls, water pictures, insights into customs and the love-lives of shepherds and their shepherdesses as well as the disturbances to the latter by militant wandering group...

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Schweizer Oktett - Marchstei

Schweizer Oktett - Marchstei

Schweizer Volksmusik traditionell und neu

Marchstei means the following to the Swiss Octet: To capture the fragrance of 10000 folk tunes in a pretty flask, to escape over the border with it and open it in new, surprising places. Breaking out across frontiers that seem cordoned off for eternity by heavy border stones. Forging ahead into new regions, and breaking open all borders in our way - including those that are in our minds. Dancin...

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Duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller

Duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller

und die "Helvetic Fiddlers"

One forgotten aspect of our folk music of the 19th century is the use of the violin. On the 250 photos of dance bands that Hanny Christen collected, we see how widely popular the violin used to be. The duo Andreas Gabriel & Fabian Müller endeavours to find their way back to the original playing techniques utilized on Hanny Christen’s field recordings. And with their arrangements, the...

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Hansheinz Schneeberger

Hansheinz Schneeberger

Interpreten-Portrait

"Whether this recital programme is characterized more by a certain homogeneity or by its contrasts is something I leave to the opinion of my listeners. But I do hope that they find it varied - a kind of general survey, a voyage of discovery, of the varied types of composition of recent years. Degrees of relationship between the pieces can be identified. Thus, the eloquent opening phrase of...

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Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Schweizer Werke für Klaviertrio

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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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Walter Courvoisier

Walter Courvoisier

Lieder und Klavierwerke

Walter Couvoisier's prominence as a teacher has somewhat obscured his achievements as a composer. It was in the field of vocal music that Courvoisier was most active, writing three stage works, several choral pieces and some two hundred songs. It should not surprise us that his primary influences were German, nor that he followed his father-in-law and mentor in eschewing Modernism. His earlier ...

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Walther Geiser

Walther Geiser

SYMPHONIE NR. 2, OP. 60STREICHTRIO, OP. 8“METAMORPHOSEN” FÜR VIOLINE SOLO, OP. 62

Walther Geiser was born in 1897 in Zofingen. In 1917 he entered the Basle Conservatory to study violin with Fritz Hirt and composition with Hermann Suter. In 1921 he was admitted to Ferruccio Busoni's Masterclass for musical composition at the Berlin Academy of Art where he worked alongside Kurt Weill and his later Swiss friends Luc Balmer, Rober Blum and Wladimir Vogel. Returning to Basle in a...

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William Blank

William Blank

Komponisten-Portrait

The most recent music of William Blank releases an expressive force that grabs the listener by the throat, as it were, in its very first bars. There are the harrowing phrases of the String Trio, played fortississimo by all three instrumentalists, the violent opening of Screams, in which the different voices collide rhythmically, the explosion of the first orchestral tutti in Ebbe(n) (Ebb-tide),...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Das Gesicht Jesajas

The big oratorios by Hermann Suter, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin and Willy Burkhard are among the most remarkable Swiss works written in the first half of the 20th century. Willy Burkhard's oratorio Das Gesicht Jesajas ("The face of Isaiah", 1935) also contained vehement criticism of the state of the world and with its text based on Isaiah it depicted "the downfall and destructi...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Das Orgelwerk

The young Willy Burkhard's receptiveness for the religious world became evident at an early age. In his entire oeuvre it was to be reflected in the large number of sacred works, in the careful, personal choice of texts, and the importance allotted to the Protestant hymn. In this connection it should be noted that, although many of Burkhard's works were inspired by religion, he did not write a g...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Lieder

Whereas Willy Burkhard's early songs op. 4, 5 and 6 still show the composer in the process of freeing himself from the Romantic tradition in some respects, his own personal style is much more firmly established in the Ten Songs op. 25. The gain in artistic independence since the early songs is at once evidnet in the choice of texts. The poems set to music here are by Alfred Fankhauser, Knud Ham...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Geistliche Musik

Sacred music forms one of the basic pillars of Burkhard's compositional oeuvre; indeed, the liturgical use of his works was a matter of great concern to him. Burkhard's repeated use of psalms in these compositions makes evident his profession of religious faith, and illuminates his understanding of life. His deep religiosity played a contributory role in the fact that Burkhard the composer was ...

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Wladimir Vogel

Wladimir Vogel

EPITAFFIO PER ALBAN BERG

For several reasons, Wladimir Vogel – author of more than a hundred musical works and numerous aesthetic texts – holds a special place in 20th-century music; not only do several of the main streams of modern music intersect in his varied output, but this spiritual mediator between east and west has also directly influenced the development of atonal music and created new musical form...

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Suter - Vogel

Suter - Vogel

Violinkonzerte

Bettina Boller studied violin with Ulrich Lehmann at the Berne Conservatory (taking her soloist's diploma with distinction), and with Itzhak Perlman and Masao Kavasaki in New York. Although her principles never let her take part in any of the usual soloist's competitions, her magisterial, passionate playing has won her a large public, and she has become an internationally successful artist. As ...

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Xavier Dayer

Xavier Dayer

Komponisten-Portrait

The thread that runs through all the works on this CD is not just the obsessive figure of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, the major source of inspiration for Xavier Dayer: it is also a certain disposition of the musical forces in both time and space that forms the starting point of the composer. The idea of a form that creates itself constantly and which, in the words of Schoenberg, appear...

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Yves Theiler Trio

Yves Theiler Trio

Dance In A Triangle

The muse knows no borders for Swiss pianist and composer Yves Theiler. While primarily focused on the jazz universe, the 28-yearold’s pieces seamlessly integrate minimalist and world music influences. They’re also infused with kinetic, playful energy and propulsive rhythms. Dance in a Triangle, recorded with his trio featuring bassist Luca Sisera and Drummer Lukas Mantel, captures a depth of v...

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Zisman/Fulgido

Zisman/Fulgido

Soul Tango Invasion

"... My idol, the bandoneon player, composer and great innovator of the Argentinian tango, Astor Piazzola, shocked the tango world in the 1950s when he presented well-loved tango classics in daring new arrangements. These were enriched by many jazz elements and were highly modern for their day. They were often recomposed from the bottom up, with the original melodies in some cases barely recogn...

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Die Neue Volksmusik

Die Neue Volksmusik

Marksteine Neuer Volksmusik aus der Schweiz

A living folk music is a music that is continually adapting itself to the tastes of the time and of its audiences. In this sense, the “new” folk music is nothing out of the ordinary at all, but something quite natural. Musicians themselves today tend to reject the label of “new folk music”, not least because they don’t want to distinguish themselves from the rest of the folk music scene as som...

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