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 Landstreichmusik

Landstreichmusik

Altfrentsch unterwegs

Dancing is forbidden to both locals and visitors on Sundays and feast days, with Alpstubeten being excepted (“Appenzeller Volksfreund”, 6 July 1887) The history of Appenzell folk music was determined in large part by the Tradition of the “Alpstubeten”. These were originally convivial gatherings of dairy farmers as a means of diversion from their hard work in the summer, up in the Alps. “Z St...

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Aargauer Orgelmusik im 20. Jahrhundert

Aargauer Orgelmusik im 20. Jahrhundert

On 25 April 1907, in Brugg (Canton Aargau), the Catholic and Protestant Church Music Associations of Aargau were founded - on the same day, but at different venues. It was in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event in April 2007 that it was decided to record organ works by Aargau composers from the last hundred years. One criterion for the selection was that the composer must eit...

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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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AGULA

AGULA

Swiss-Mongolian Music Exchange Project feat. Arga Bileg Ethno Jazz Band and Heiri Känzig Quintet

"Agula, a Swiss-Mongolian music project Agula is truly a joint musical collaboration between Mongolian and Swiss musicians, coming together and contributing equally from both sides. This album is dedicated to our half-century of diplomatic relations – relations that we have celebrated through cross-cultural exchange and understanding. I have devoted my new composition Agula to this partnership...

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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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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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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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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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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '09

The sounds of the mountains are a source of inspiration to many musicians – sometimes because they lead them back to their own roots, and sometimes because the mountain world is a place of yearning when regarded from the urban life of today’s artists. The international music festival ‘Alpentöne’ (‘Sounds of the Alps’) has every two years since 1999 offered mu...

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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival 2011

The music festival "Alpentöne" ("Sounds of the Alpes"), now in its seventh edition, shows once more that the Alps are a region of transitory encounters, more perhaps than any other landscape in Europe. Here, close together, lie the sources of the most important European waterways. Very different ways of life and very different temperaments have come upon each other in the Al...

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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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Alpentöne

Alpentöne

Ein Querschnitt durch das Festival '15

Besides the masses – who want to keep hearing the same thing over and over again – and the highly educated minority that’s fixated on their own particular, special field, there is clearly also an audience that just likes to listen in to what’s happening, and that takes pleasure in it, both when there’s a rumpus and also in the very quiet moments. Even people with no affinity for old folk music ...

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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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Am Bruch zur Moderne

Am Bruch zur Moderne

Schweizer Lieder nach 1900

Swiss songs after 1900 “The Swiss tend more to yodelling than to cubism” wrote the Dadaist Hugo Ball in 1916. This cliché of early modern Switzerland being averse to artistic progress, limping behind all others, has proven durable, though the truth was of course not so straightforward. Most leading Swiss composers from the turn of the century onwards studied at the big conservatories ...

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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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