Edward Staempfli

Edward Staempfli

DUO I FÜR ZWEI KLAVIERE (1938) LES SEPT POEMES D’AMOUR EN GUERRE (PAUL ELUARD) FÜR CHOR (1948) SECHS KLANGSTUDIEN FÜR KLAVIER 3. STREICHQUINTETT

Edward Staempfli was born in Berne in 1908. His development was determined in equal measure by German and French culture and by music and literature. He studied in Cologne and Paris. The war years and the years immediately thereafter, Staempfli spent as a freelance composer in Switzerland - first in Basle, then in Lugano. During these years, from 1939 to 1952, his most important performances to...

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eifachs.ch

eifachs.ch

Bauernkapellen 1825-1925

Brass instruments in Swiss dance music If our ears are accustomed to the dance music of the past 70 years, then the sounds of cornet, flugelhorn or tenor horn will probably be foreign to us. But many sources prove that brass instruments were popular with musicians in dance bands up to the first half of the 20th century. In 1820, the invention of the valve gave brass instruments an immense imp...

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el-sabr gameel

el-sabr gameel

Begegnungen zwischen ägyptischen und schweizerischen MusikerInnen

The goal of this project organized by Pro Helvetia was the creative coming-together of the two music cultures on the level of equality, where mutual respect forms the basis for the whole process of communication. Common music-making was to offer insights into the different manifestations of the two music cultures, and a deeper understanding of the fundamental differences between them. By recogn...

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Emil Frey

Emil Frey

Klavierwerke

Emil Frey's oeuvre comprises 102 opus numbers, of which only a small number have been published, and they range from piano miniatures to piano suites, chamber music, orchestral works and large-scale choral pieces. Nevertheless, Frey's music for piano solo is central to his oeuvre and impresses one on account of its formal and stylistic variety as much as by its colourful, iridescent aesthetic.

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Ensemble Contrechamps

Ensemble Contrechamps

Interpreten-Portrait

The pieces recorded here are representative of the kind of programming that the Contrechamps Ensemble has championed throughout its existence. The collaboration with composers such as Elliott Carter and Brian Ferneyhough, for example, is of long standing; a large number of their works have been performed in Geneva and during their tours abroad. Both composers have worked several times with the ...

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Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern

Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern

Historische Aufnahmen 1968-1998

The Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern (New Horizons Ensemble) was founded at a time when the seeds of Utopianism had sprouted forth - and, in so doing, also drew attention to its roots. The artistic avant-garde had paved the way for greater freedom. Whoever wanted to, could make use of it. The music of the avant-garde in all its forms has remained central to the artistic activities of the ENHB. Its ...

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Ensemble Opera Nova

Ensemble Opera Nova

Jacques Wildberger Quartett für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello (1952).Jean-Jacques Dünki Kammerstück IV für Flöte, Klarinette, Horn,Violine,Viola und Violoncello (1996).Aribert Reimann Trio für Violine, Viola und Violoncello (1986/87).Gérard Zinsstag TEMPOR für Flöte, Klarinette, Streichtrio und Klavier (1991/92).

The ensemble "opera nova" was founded in 1991 by members of the Zurich Opera Orchestra who wanted to perform contemporary music. The basic combination of instruments: flute, clarinet, string trio and piano - is extended to form larger chamber groups as needs be. The ensemble gives three concerts in each season in the studio theatre of the Zurich Opera House, each time with a programme...

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Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

Interpreten-Portrait

The Ensemble Phoenix Basel has mastered the art of combination. It is an ensemble that would be quite likely to devote a single evening to a concert programme such as the one compiled here from live performances: five weighty pieces, about a quarter-of-an-hour each, in variable instrumentation. Typical of these Basle musicians is their individualistic programming policy that allows them t...

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Ensemble TaG

Ensemble TaG

Neue Musik Winterthur

The Ensemble TaG has been in existence for twelve years now. It takes its name from the place that is its home, namely the 'Theater am Gleis' in Winterthur. Here, year after year, a number of performers, male and female - all of them proven specialists in modern music - prepare, with curiosity and the necessary enthusiasm, concert programmes that, thanks to their originality, have become talked...

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Ensemble vocal Séquence

Ensemble vocal Séquence

Créations vocales XXIe siècle

Laurent Gay founded the Ensemble vocal Séquence in Geneva in 1993. Its core of sixteen singers was determined right at the start. Since 1996 the ensemble has worked together with numerous other ensembles such as the Ensemble Contrechamps, the Centre International de percussion, the Orchestra of the Amadeus Festival, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and others. It is in this context that the ensem...

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Eric Gaudibert

Eric Gaudibert

GEMMES QUATRE PIECES POUR ORCHESTRE SYZYGY POUR FLUTE ET PIANO PRÉPARÉ ASTRANCE POUR QUINTETT A VENT

Born in Vevey (1936), Eric Gaudibert first studied piano at the Lausanne Conservatory, where his main teacher was Denise Bidal. With a teaching diploma and a prize for virtuosity in his pocket he then headed for Paris and entered the Ecole Normale de Musique to study piano with Alfred Cortot and composition with Henri Dutilleux and Nadia Boulanger. Entrusted in 1972 with the musical animation o...

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Erich Schmid

Erich Schmid

SUITE NACH GEDICHTEN VON RAINER MARIA RILKE SONATINE IIRHAPSODIE FÜR KLARINETTE UND KLAVIER, OP. 113 GESÄNGE NACH SONETTEN VON MICHELANGELO RILKE, OP. 125 BAGATELLEN FÜR KLAVIER, OP. 14GESÄNGE DER ZEIT, OP. 15

Eric Schmid was born in 1907 in Balsthal. After a year as primary teacher, Schmid studied from 1927 on at Dr. Hoch's conservatory in Francfurt am Main, with Bernhard Sekles (composition), Hermann von Schmeidel (conducting) and Fritz Malata (piano). This town's rich musical life also brought him into contact with the Avantgarde of the time: HIndemith, Schreker, Krenek, Schönberg, Berg, Webern, B...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

CONCERTI GROSSI I&II

In Switzerland, there is nothing to suggest that Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) is in fact, in international terms, the most often-performed composer of Swiss origin. While the composer of the symphonic fresco Helvetia, The Land of Mountains and its People (1929) receives little attention in his homeland except for the occasional performance of a few chamber music works, the composer of the epic rhap...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Klavierquintette

Bloch's First Piano Qunitet is still rarely played, though all experts seem to be at one in acknowledging its exceptional quality. The American musicologist and pianist Olin Downes regards it as 'the greatest work in its form since the piano quintets of Brahms and César Frank'. Bloch had first turned to twelve-note techniques in his Third String Quartet, written in 1952 at the age of 72, and wa...

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Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch

Kammermusikwerke für Violoncello

The young Swiss violoncellist Chiara Enderle (born in 1992) was laureate of Migros Culture Percentage study prize and recorded for Musiques Suisses the three Suites for solo cello as well as three other chamber music works with cello by Ernest Bloch. Bloch wrote the Suites during the last years of his life when, for reasons of health, he endeavoured to attain a more economic way of writing, ...

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Ernst Pfiffner

Ernst Pfiffner

HAFIS-ZYKLUSFÜNF GEISTLICHE GESÄNGEMOTETTEN NR. 9/10 AUS MARANATHABIBLISCHE SZENE VON DER GEKRÜMMTEN FRAUODE“... ET APERUIT OCULOS...”

The work of Ernst Pfiffner is never an end in itself. It is first and foremost exegetic, a meditation, a sermon, an annunciation and realization of the word and omnipresence of God. The composer Pfiffner is not interested in the slightest in belonging to any of the schools of New Music or bowing to any of their dogmas. He writes tonally, atonally or serially according to the requirements of wha...

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Ernst Widmer

Ernst Widmer

CAITITI-LUA NOVABLÄSERQUINTETT IIPULSARS3. SINFONIE IN EINEM SATZCEREMONY AFTER A FIRE RAID

The Swiss/Brazilian composer Ernst Widmer was born in 1927 in Aarau. His career is unusual. The versatile output of this composer (more than 190 works) is the result of a spectacular life story. After obtaining diplomas in piano theory, Ernst Widmer studied composition with Willy Burkhard at the Zurich Conservatory, in the same class as Klaus Huber and Giuseppe Englert. His musical career began...

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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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Fabian Müller

Fabian Müller

Klavierkonzert, Labyrinth, Suite für Violoncello und Streichorchester, Lied des Einsamen

Fabian Müller is one of the leading Swiss composers of his generation. His music is created wholly out of an intuitive freedom. His starting point is rarely a concept developed by the intellect for the music to follow. His works thus encompass modernistic and traditional elements. He feels no duty to any particular school or dogma, seeing his composing as a voyage of discovery undertaken by an ...

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Fabio Di Càsola

Fabio Di Càsola

Musica per clarinetto solo

Di Càsola devoted himself to the clarinet with extraordinary enthusiasm and great commitment. He studied in Geneva, and in 1990 he was awarded First Prize at the CIEM International Music Competition in Geneva. This was the first time in sixteen years that a clarinetist had won this highly prestigious competition. It did not take long for international recognition to follow and he was invited to...

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