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Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Andreae - Veress - D'Alessandro

Schweizer Werke für Klaviertrio

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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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Arte Quartett

Arte Quartett

Schweizer Saxophonquartette

How better could four musicians in an ensemble present themselves, than with music that was written especially for them and for their saxophones? And so this is what the ARTE Quartet does here. This recording illustrates today's almost innumerable possibilities for their combination of instruments, and at the same time - though hardly as a by-product - it paints a portrait of the younger genera...

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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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Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus

Johannes Heer was born in Glarus around 1489 and died in the same place in 1553. Heer was the first of Glarus' sons to study at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1508 to 1516. He completed his song book during his studies. After successfully completing his studies at the faculty of arts, Heer turned to theology, as was customary, and became a highly respected chaplain in Glarus. He was an intimate of ...

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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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Basel Sinfonietta

Basel Sinfonietta

IGOR STRAWINSKY, Feu d'artifice; THOMAS KESSLER, "Aufbruch" für 5 Sampler und Orchester; WERNER BÄRTSCHI, "Die Majestät der Alpen" für grosses Orchester; WITOLD LUDOSLAWSKI, Konzert für Orchester

The basel sinfonietta was founded by young musicians in 1980 with the aim of bringing new combinations of contemporary music, and works both unknown and well-known, to a public that is open to unusual and experimental sounds. With its eye for the unconventional and provocative, the sinfonietta has made a name for itself at home and abroad, both in its smaller formation and as a full symphony or...

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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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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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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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Bellatrice

Bellatrice

Barnard

Bellatrix is the third biggest star in the constellation of Orion. For many people, stars awaken notions of boundlessness and of eternal motion. These images are also well-suited to the self-understanding of the Bellatrice quintet. For three years, Bellatrice has been playing regularly in the 'Work in progress' series. The name of this series is to be understood literally: These monthly concert...

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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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Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Bernstein Carter Copland Fine Piston

Kammermusik

For American art music, the 1920s were a decade characterized by a basic criticism of tradition and an optimistic opening up to Modernism. However, around 1930 a distinct change of direction became apparent, the reason being the economic collapse and the concomitant political changes. A call for a comprehensible musical language that everyone could understand now became more audible; this was j...

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