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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

NARCISSUS

Beat Furrer was born in 1954 in Schaffhausen/Switzerland, from where in 1975 he went to Vienna, where he trained and found international success. In 1985 he founded the "Klangforum Wien" ensemble, of which he has been the conductor. Since 1991 Beat Furrer has been professor of composition at the Graz Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. Here, in 1994 Beat Furrer's second opera Na...

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Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer

DIE BLINDEN

Commissioned by the Vienna State Opera, Beat Furrer's first opera "Die Blinden" was premiered with great success in 1989 at the Wien modern Festival. The Blind Ones, who do not exactly know where they are , wait for the return of their leader, a priest. Shortly before the end of the opera they find him dead. This, in a few words, is the plot of the "static drama" "The B...

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Bettina Skrzypczak

Bettina Skrzypczak

Komponistinnen-Portrait

I feel great joy at the prospect of what I am going to discover, and at the same time a feeling of responsibility for the decisions that I make. And I find it a shame that I can't realize fast enough the many thoughts that come when I face the empty page in front of me.' Bettina Skrypczak's answer to the question of how she feels when faced with an smpty sheet of manuscript paper is in many way...

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Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

That's Life - feat. Jesper Lundgaard, Johannes Herrlich, Oliver Kent and Bernd Reiter

"It's a source of special joy when you can experience how a young artist - in whose talent you've always believed - grows more mature with every new album, gaining in expressive power, refinement and warmth, and then at some point reaches a level that places her squarely on the scene with everyone else, but makes her impossible to miss." (Marcus A. Woelfle, Radio Jazznacht BR2)

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Carl Greith

Carl Greith

Der Heilige Gallus

Carl Greith was born in Aarau in 1828. He studied composition in Munich and Augsburg. He returned in 1847 to St Gall where he completed his first oratorio 'St Gall'. In 1850, the German conductor Hans von Bülow worked briefly as an opera capellmeister in St Gall, where he became acquainted with Greith's oratorio. Von Bülow wrote an enthusiastic review of Greith's music for the liberal Tagblatt ...

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Carlo Donato Cossoni

Carlo Donato Cossoni

Il Sacrificio d'Abramo

Carlo Donato Cossoni was born on 10 November 1623 in Gravedona by the banks of Lake Como. The most important stations of his professional life were his appointment as the first organist to the basilica of S. Petronio in Bologna and as the Kapellmeister at Milan Cathedral from 1984 to 1692. Differences of opinion with the Milanese Archbishop Federico Visconti led to his being suspendend twice, a...

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Carlo Florindo Semini

Carlo Florindo Semini

MOSAICI DI PIAZZA ARMERINA DUE POEMI SU VERSI DI HERMANN HESSE MONTES ARGENTUM I VENTI QUATTRO PRELUDI SUL NATALE SIMBOLI

Carlo Florindo Semini was born in 1914 in Russo. He studied in the Ticino, in Rome and Naples, obtaining diplomas in composition, conducting, piano and as a teacher of singing at the Conservatorio di musica San Peitro a Majella in Naples. In 1947 he was made head of service, later (1966-1980) head of the orchestra and chamber music department of the Radio Svizzera Italiana. His many services to...

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Grammont Sélection 7

Grammont Sélection 7

Schweizer Uraufführungen aus dem Jahr 2013

The train comes to a halt near the winemaking village of Épesses by the banks of Lake Geneva, roughly halfway between Lausanne and Montreux. A path leads up to a wine tavern. From the terrace you have a view all the way across the lake to the Alps and the cultivated vineyards of Lavaux, of which Stravinsky once said they reminded him of Cézanne. This is how the Vaudois writer Charles Ferdinan...

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Centre International de Percussion

Centre International de Percussion

Portrait

The Centre International de Percussion (CIP, International Percussion Centre) in Geneva is an association that was formed with the goal of promoting and developing all activities connected with the world of percussion, principally in the field of contemporary music. In its concern to enlarge the percussion repertoire, the CIP regularly commissions renowned composers to write for it, and perform...

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César Franck

César Franck

François Delor au nouvel orgue du Victoria Hall à Genève

In 1984, the Victoria Hall was badly damaged by arson, and its organ entirely destroyed. Shortly after this catastrophe, the City of Geneva took the brave decision to restore the Hall to its original 1894 decoration, and to reconstruct the organ. This task was perfectly carried out by the Dutch van den Heuvel Brothers, who built a magnificent neo-symphonic organ of four manuals and 71 stops. B...

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Christoph Baumann & Rurban Music Ensemble

Christoph Baumann & Rurban Music Ensemble

Wysel Remix

No, this is hardly folk music. Nor is it supposed to be. Nevertheless, Wysel Remix has a lot to do with folk music. That is partly because the stage work Wysel was the starting point for this CD, but also because the wandering musicians who perform here mix up the homely sounds of the Alpine landscape in a manner as nonchalant as it is respectful. Whoever turns onto the motorway will ...

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Christoph Delz

Christoph Delz

ARBEITSLIEDERKLAVIERQUARTETTSTREICHQUARTETT

Christoph Delz drew his inspiration from the natural world, environmental sounds, literary texts and from early musical styles and compositions. These sources of inspiration were not hidden: he used them in titles of compositions and in the music itself, depicting them clearly, occasionally to the extent of an exact reproduction. His use of these "ready-mad" sounds was conscious and s...

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Christoph Keller

Christoph Keller

The Swiss pianist Christoph Keller was born in Glarus in 1950. He studied principally with Sava Savoff at the Zurich Conservatory. Since then, he has regularly given concerts in numerous European countries and in Japan, and has performed at various festivals: Cantiere d'Arte di Montepulciano, the Castle Festival in Sanssouci, the Dresden Contemporary Music Days, and the Salzburg Festival. Kelle...

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Christoph Neidhöfer

Christoph Neidhöfer

SCHICHTUNG für 15 Instrumente (1993)IXION für 6 Instrumente (1995)STREICHQUARTETT (1992, rev. 1994)INTERPLAY für 8 Instrumente (1995)ZEITBOGEN für 12 Spieler (1998)

Composing means taking risks - otherwise it's not interesting' (Christoph Neidhöfer at a lecture in Basle in 1996). Whoever knows Christoph Neidhöfer's biography, but has never heard his music, will no doubt be surprised upon hearing it. Neither the exemplary progress of his musical education nor today's reigning anti-modernist spirit could lead one to guess the radical nature of his work. At B...

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Stubete am See

Stubete am See

Festival 2014

The fourth “Stubete am See” presented 32 ensembles from the realm of new Swiss folk music. The present compilation offers an insight into the 23 concerts that took place in the large and small halls of the Zurich Tonhalle, as well as in its vestibule. The Zurich Tonhalle was for a long time the venue for large-scale events such as the first Swiss National Costume Festival, a Swiss Yodelling Fe...

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Christophe Schweizer  / 5SIX7

Christophe Schweizer / 5SIX7

PORTAS

Established since the middle of the Nineties in New York, Christophe Schweizer is a visionary composer in the field of today's progressive Jazz. Although well acquainted with the Jazz tradition, Schweizer is not bent on the past, but pursues the search for new composition and improvisation alloys. In doing so, he is asking the most from everyone including himself. Schweizer writes highly comple...

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Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi

Madrigali

The name of Edwin Loehrer (1906-1991) is closely bound up with the Monteverdi renaissance of the 1950s and '60s - several decades before Monteverdi's operas achieved a breakthrough on the stage thanks to Ponnelle and Harnoncourt at the Zurich Opera House in the 1980s. The LP recordings of Monteverdi's madrigals that Edwin Loehrer made with the "Società cameristica di Lugano" (a group ...

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Constantin Regamey

Constantin Regamey

ALPHA

The works of Constantin Regamey (1907-1982) which are included in this recording date from the 1960’s and are all related to his compositions for the theatre. The Etudes pour voix de femme (with piano and then with orchestral accompaniment), of 1955/56, already bear the stamp of a certain ‘dramatic sense’. Begun in 1959, the composition of the opera Don Robott remained unfinis...

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George Crumb

George Crumb

MAKROKOSMOS I + II

George Crumb wrote Macrocosmos, 12 pieces after the signs of the Zodiac for amplified piano in 1972, and the following year added a second set under the same title. Each of these 24 pieces is dedicated to a person born under the respective sign, whose initials appear as a dedication in the score. The result is a connection between music and astrology, the nature of which varies according to the...

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Daniel Fueter

Daniel Fueter

Komponisten-Portrait

The chamber opera Trout Stanley was written at the prompting of the Zurich Ensemble for New Music. It is a love story, a thriller and a family drama, told in exuberantly diverse fashion. It is a tale of outsiders, male and female, and of the tension between fact and fiction. It is a impossible task to 'operize' (as it were) such a piece that has something of a tabloid character about it, and it...

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