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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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Camerata Bern

Camerata Bern

Interpreten-Portrait

The CAMERATA BERNE was founded in 1962, prompted by the idea of performing in a small, flexible formation without a conductor. It quickly developed into a chamber orchestra that was recognized all around the world. Numerous tours have taken the chamber orchestra throughout Europe, to North America, Southern Asia, the Far East, Australia and Japan. Its recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, ...

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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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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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Celloduo Frank / Schucan

Celloduo Frank / Schucan

Cellistinnen-Portrait

It was the idea of giving a modernistic slant to Offenbach that led the duo Frank/Schucan to find a new mode of performance for his works. Music by Felix Baumann and Rico Gubler is woven in that engages with both the content and the spirit of the two works by Offenbach - with an emphasis on those aspects of contemporary music that can be experienced sensually. The open-ended moments in Offenbac...

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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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Chriesibaum im Jahresring

Chriesibaum im Jahresring

Eine Wanderung durch alpine Klangwelten

The idea of 'Cherry Tree in the Ring of the Year' was born after the invitation from the Braunwald Music Festival to conceive and realize a work on the theme of music and nature. After preliminary conversations and rehearsals, it became clear to the four musicians from quite different stylistic directions that the wonderful collection of texts by Georg Thürer provided them with a central theme ...

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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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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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Cimarosa - Paër

Cimarosa - Paër

IL Maestro Di Cappella

The bass Fernando Corena (born 22 December 1916 in Geneva, died 26 November 1984 in Lugano) belongs among those very few Swiss singers who achieved triumphal success in the most important opera houses of the world. He had a broad repertoire that was dominated by comic roles, and Francesco Corena became identified with that rare type of voice known as the basso buffo, in which a rich timbre was ...

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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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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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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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Da Pacem

Da Pacem

Vokalmusik zum Thema Frieden

The Basle Madrigalists were founded in 1978. They have very rapidly established themselves as one of the leading vocal ensembles in Switzerland. The ensemble promotes ancient and contemporary music, and is particularly active in the rediscovery of undeservedly forgotten works. Their programs are generally organized around a central theme. The present recording presents five works having th...

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