Valentin Marti

Valentin Marti

Komponisten-Portrait

Valentin Marti was born in Zurich in 1965. After leaving school, he studied saxophone with Marcus Weiss and composition with Gerald Bennett at the Zurich Music Academy. He then studied composition with Michael Jarrell at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna from 1995 to 1997. Most of Marti's works have been commissioned and have been performed throughout Europe (e.g. by the Collegiu...

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Vüna bèla!

Vüna bèla!

Panorama popolare ticinese

Panorama of Ticino folk music - In Canton Ticino, the concept of “new folk music” – which is the topic of this CD series by musiques suisses – has no real significance. The musicians themselves would find the definition “musica tradizionale contaminata” more apt – in other words, “contaminated traditional music”. But the selection of music on the present CD shows that there is in fact much t...

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Walter Courvoisier

Walter Courvoisier

Lieder und Klavierwerke

Walter Couvoisier's prominence as a teacher has somewhat obscured his achievements as a composer. It was in the field of vocal music that Courvoisier was most active, writing three stage works, several choral pieces and some two hundred songs. It should not surprise us that his primary influences were German, nor that he followed his father-in-law and mentor in eschewing Modernism. His earlier ...

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Walter Grimmer

Walter Grimmer

Werke von Jacques Wildberger, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Klaus Huber und Isang Yun

The present recording is a portrait of the cello virtuoso Walter Grimmer. He plays works by Jacques Wildberger, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Klaus Huber and Isang Yun. All the works presented in this record are dedicated to Walter Grimmer.

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Walther Geiser

Walther Geiser

SYMPHONIE NR. 2, OP. 60STREICHTRIO, OP. 8“METAMORPHOSEN” FÜR VIOLINE SOLO, OP. 62

Walther Geiser was born in 1897 in Zofingen. In 1917 he entered the Basle Conservatory to study violin with Fritz Hirt and composition with Hermann Suter. In 1921 he was admitted to Ferruccio Busoni's Masterclass for musical composition at the Berlin Academy of Art where he worked alongside Kurt Weill and his later Swiss friends Luc Balmer, Rober Blum and Wladimir Vogel. Returning to Basle in a...

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Weiss Marcus

Weiss Marcus

Interpreten-Portrait

Marcus Weiss is one of those creative musicians who accept no limits - neither technical nor artistic. He has developed his technique on his instrument - and, through this, its tonal possibilities - to an undreamt-of degree, often working closely with composers. On the present CD, it is Weiss the creative performer whom we hear above all, and in varied contexts. The fact that he has here chosen...

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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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William Blank

William Blank

Komponisten-Portrait

The most recent music of William Blank releases an expressive force that grabs the listener by the throat, as it were, in its very first bars. There are the harrowing phrases of the String Trio, played fortississimo by all three instrumentalists, the violent opening of Screams, in which the different voices collide rhythmically, the explosion of the first orchestral tutti in Ebbe(n) (Ebb-tide),...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Das Orgelwerk

The young Willy Burkhard's receptiveness for the religious world became evident at an early age. In his entire oeuvre it was to be reflected in the large number of sacred works, in the careful, personal choice of texts, and the importance allotted to the Protestant hymn. In this connection it should be noted that, although many of Burkhard's works were inspired by religion, he did not write a g...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Das Gesicht Jesajas

The big oratorios by Hermann Suter, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin and Willy Burkhard are among the most remarkable Swiss works written in the first half of the 20th century. Willy Burkhard's oratorio Das Gesicht Jesajas ("The face of Isaiah", 1935) also contained vehement criticism of the state of the world and with its text based on Isaiah it depicted "the downfall and destructi...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Lieder

Whereas Willy Burkhard's early songs op. 4, 5 and 6 still show the composer in the process of freeing himself from the Romantic tradition in some respects, his own personal style is much more firmly established in the Ten Songs op. 25. The gain in artistic independence since the early songs is at once evidnet in the choice of texts. The poems set to music here are by Alfred Fankhauser, Knud Ham...

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Willy Burkhard

Willy Burkhard

Geistliche Musik

Sacred music forms one of the basic pillars of Burkhard's compositional oeuvre; indeed, the liturgical use of his works was a matter of great concern to him. Burkhard's repeated use of psalms in these compositions makes evident his profession of religious faith, and illuminates his understanding of life. His deep religiosity played a contributory role in the fact that Burkhard the composer was ...

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Wladimir Vogel

Wladimir Vogel

EPITAFFIO PER ALBAN BERG

For several reasons, Wladimir Vogel – author of more than a hundred musical works and numerous aesthetic texts – holds a special place in 20th-century music; not only do several of the main streams of modern music intersect in his varied output, but this spiritual mediator between east and west has also directly influenced the development of atonal music and created new musical form...

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World of Strings

World of Strings

Pyhä

Rätus Flisch has often delighted in making music with the two string players Adam Taubitz and Daniel Pezzotti, in variously constituted ensembles. In the course of this, the idea emerged of putting a purely acoustic music on stage in the form of a string trio. Flisch took the idea further and wove his compositions into a subtle carpet of sounds on which these excellent musicians seem to hover,...

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Xavier Dayer

Xavier Dayer

Komponisten-Portrait

The thread that runs through all the works on this CD is not just the obsessive figure of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, the major source of inspiration for Xavier Dayer: it is also a certain disposition of the musical forces in both time and space that forms the starting point of the composer. The idea of a form that creates itself constantly and which, in the words of Schoenberg, appear...

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Yves Theiler Trio

Yves Theiler Trio

Dance In A Triangle

The muse knows no borders for Swiss pianist and composer Yves Theiler. While primarily focused on the jazz universe, the 28-yearold’s pieces seamlessly integrate minimalist and world music influences. They’re also infused with kinetic, playful energy and propulsive rhythms. Dance in a Triangle, recorded with his trio featuring bassist Luca Sisera and Drummer Lukas Mantel, captures a depth of v...

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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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Zisman/Fulgido

Zisman/Fulgido

Soul Tango Invasion

"... My idol, the bandoneon player, composer and great innovator of the Argentinian tango, Astor Piazzola, shocked the tango world in the 1950s when he presented well-loved tango classics in daring new arrangements. These were enriched by many jazz elements and were highly modern for their day. They were often recomposed from the bottom up, with the original melodies in some cases barely recogn...

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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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Zürcher Bläserquintett

Zürcher Bläserquintett

Sándor Veress und seine Schweizer Schüler

The Zürcher Bläserquintett comprises three members of the Zurich Opera Orchestra and two best-known wind soloists in Switzerland today. The quintet was founded in 1994 and soon thereafter performed at the festival 'Young Artists in Concert' in Davos. Since that successful debut, the Quintet has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad and has made several CD recordings. In 1997/8, the Qu...

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