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Collegium Novum Zürich

Collegium Novum Zürich

Interpreten-Portrait

If it were not somewhat disrespectful in the realm of the New Music, even only as a metaphor, one might use a musical term with a whiff of the old-fashioned about it to describe the activities of the Collegium Novum Zürich. For in its programming policy it is dedicated to a kind of 'triad' - one, no less, whose combination of individual notes is intended to produce a consonance. This triad...

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Musicalische Artztney

Musicalische Artztney

Hausmusik im humanistischen Basel

The Basel Doctor Felix Platter (1534-1614) was a passionate lute player and considered music as having healing properties. He did translations and wrote paraphrases and new texts for compositions widespread in Europe at the time. He collected these texts in a volume of poetry titled Collection of all kinds of funny (i.e. happy) poems, now in the University Library of Basle. The musicians of thi...

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Canti Gregoriani

Canti Gregoriani

I Cantori della Turrita

I Cantori della Turrita was founded as a boys' choir in Bellinzona over seventy years ago. Under Eros Beltraminelli, its director since 1972, it has evolved into a choir for young women. After a short period of time, the choir reached a high level of performance and worldwide acclaim. It already has performed in 15 countries on 2 continents. The current ensemble consists of choristers most...

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The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Ghosts

Together with the GAS Trio's 'Great American Songs' and the 5SIX7 Quintet's 'Portas' (both published by Musikszene Schweiz), 'Ghosts' tops off a sort of contemporary jazz trilogy. THE WILD BUNCH's musical approach is based on conscientious elaboration and playful overtaking of the long-standing jazz tradition.

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Wenn einer in den Spiegel siehet ...

Wenn einer in den Spiegel siehet ...

Zeitgenössische Gitarrenmusik

The guitar is a mirror, its music the light from your inner being reflected in it: this is how I would like you to understand my music Have it exaggerate darkness and light, distance and proximity, and let it lose itself in the depths of your space and time, so that you may find it again one day in an hour of tranquillity.' (Christoph Jäggin)

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Schweizer Lautenmusik der Renaissance

Schweizer Lautenmusik der Renaissance

Lautenmusik aus Schweizer Handschriften des 16. Jahrhunderts

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the lute outdid all other music instruments as the most perfect instrument of fashion, such that it was accorded the title regina omnium instrumentorum musicorum ('queen of all musical instruments'). Even though there were in Switzerland no royal or aristocratic families who sought to surpass each other in cultural or spiritual matters, the lute s...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '03

Alpentöne (Sounds of the Alps) is one of the most individual, most remarkable music festivals held in Switzerland. Since the first festival in 1999, it has been held every two years in Altdorf, and has showcased the best, wittiest and most unconventional musical performances with the cultural heritage of the Alpine region as their theme. Alpentöne '03 commissioned numerous projects in collabora...

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HujGroup

HujGroup

Nöis Alts

Since spring 2002, Switzerland possesses an encyclopaedia of folk music comprising some ten thousand melodies, and published in ten volumes. It includes a large portion of the dance music repertoire from the Swiss countryside, as performed by innumerable local musicians in the 19th century. We owe this massive cultural treasure trove - which is probably unique of its kind in Europe - to the Bas...

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Bergtöne

Bergtöne

Sounds from the Mountains

At the World Exposition in Aichi, Switzerland is represented by a 'mountain'. The inside of this 'mountain' provides surprising insights into a country that most Japanese citizens know only as a holiday destination. It is for this programme that the present musical kaleidoscope on CD has been conceived: 'Sounds from the Mountains'. As one would expect, we find here alphorns, yodelling, dulcimer...

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Paralpin

Paralpin

Patricia Draegers "Röseligarte"

"One day, a dear friend and colleague from the theatre showed me an old, dusty book that seemed to be available only second hand: 'Der Röseligarten' ('The Rose Garden'), edited by Otto von Greyerz in 1850. I was immediately and completely enthusiastic about this collection. It contains an incredible number of wonderful melodies and impressive texts that have not lost their topicality, even...

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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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Alpentöne - Special Limited Edition in edler Holzbox

Alpentöne - Special Limited Edition in edler Holzbox

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '05

In every other year since 1999, the festival 'Alpentöne' or 'Sounds of the Alps' has presented music projects from the whole Alpine region that all in some way engage with Alpine traditions. 'Sounds of the Alps' invites musicians from Slovenia, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to participate. The festival presents a folk music far removed from that beloved of the popular Sat...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '05

In every other year since 1999, the festival 'Alpentöne' or 'Sounds of the Alps' has presented music projects from the whole Alpine region that all in some way engage with Alpine traditions. 'Sounds of the Alps' invites musicians from Slovenia, France, Italy, Germany. Austria and Switzerland to participate. The festival presents a folk music far removed from that beloved of the popula...

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Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii

Musikbücher des Basler Juristen Bonifacius Amerbach

Bonifacius was to become the most famous member of the prominent family of Amerbach. A friend of Erasmus since his youth, Bonifacius was responsible for the estate of the great humanist after his death. He began at an early age to collect music books. These music books testify to the cosmopolitan taste of their young owner, for they contain vocal and instrumental works whose provenance ran...

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Zum Gipfel und Zurück

Zum Gipfel und Zurück

Neue Alphornmusik

The Russian-born alphorn player Arkady Shilkloper plays the alphorn fair and square. But then he surprises us again with his note alterations, trills, virtuosic ornaments, glissandi, and deep, long-held notes. And of course, the nature-loving professional horn player does not omit the 'alphorn fa', the eleventh overtone that sounds 'wrong' to our over-educated ears. This extraordinary alphorn p...

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Hackbrett und Zithern in der Schweiz

Hackbrett und Zithern in der Schweiz

Historische Aufnahmen

In 1973, the exhibition 'The dulcimer in Switzerland' had already taken place in the Stockalper Chateau in Brig in Canton Valais. It was also documented in the form of a catalogue that was published in the series of publications of the Stockalper Archive, and by a long-playing record that the Ex Libris company brought out in collaboration with Swiss Radio International (SRI, swissinfo). That wa...

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ZAP

ZAP

ZAP

The themes from "Derrick", "Dallas", and "Tatort" are carved into our collective subconscious deeper than the national anthem's second verse! They are the real "Standards" of those Europeans who grew up in front of the TV set. The lyrics and tunes of Tin Pan Alley hits like "All of Me" or "Stardust", in contrast, are far less widely kn...

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Hanottere

Hanottere

Däichwou - Neue Volksmusik für Hanottere, Zither und andere Raritäten

New folk music for hanottere, zithers and other rarities - The Ensemble Hanottere was founded in 2007 and has already recorded one CD (2009). Lorenz Mühlemann and Thomas Keller are both multi-instrumentalists and between them they have decades of experience in folk music. Both are enthusiastic about old and new Swiss music from the countryside, about folk music from the Alpine regions and about...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '13

The sounds of the Alps - and the freestanding foundations of tradition: Since 1999, every other year a merry band of music enthusiasts from far and wide has gone on a pilgrimage to the Alps in central Switzerland in order to carry out their musical/spiritual exercises. They know what expects them and that's why they are here. Musicians, audiences and committed supporters come together as a team...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '07

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