Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Paul Kletzki / Czeslaw Marek

Sinfonie Nr. 2 / Sinfonia

The symphonies of the two Polish composers on this CD were composed and first performed within several months of each other in the mid-1920s (they are both also in g minor, as it happens). At first glance it could almost seem as if these two men, Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek, spent their lives shadowing each other. They were born just nine years apart in the then divided Poland, and while Kle...

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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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Stubete am See

Stubete am See

Festival 2016

What makes a vintage year? What does the 2016 vintage of Swiss folk music taste like? 27 hours of live recordings from the Zurich Tonhalle have been put in the wine press and have here been reduced to 80 minutes of music: 20 tracks by 19 different ensembles are the result. This selection offers 19 different approaches to tradition, and illuminates the question as to what our folk music today...

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Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

That's Life - feat. Jesper Lundgaard, Johannes Herrlich, Oliver Kent and Bernd Reiter

"It's a source of special joy when you can experience how a young artist - in whose talent you've always believed - grows more mature with every new album, gaining in expressive power, refinement and warmth, and then at some point reaches a level that places her squarely on the scene with everyone else, but makes her impossible to miss." (Marcus A. Woelfle, Radio Jazznacht BR2)

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Peter Zihlmann & Lucerne Jazz Orchestra

Peter Zihlmann & Lucerne Jazz Orchestra

Beromünster

“Beromünster” – this was long the name of the Swiss national Radio station. It came to symbolize not just Swiss radio history, but the so-called “spiritual defence” of the country during the uneasy neutrality of the Second World War. “Beromünster” was also an educational and cultural institution spreading knowledge throughout the land. Even today – eight years after the Beromünster transmitter ...

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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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 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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Schänner Blech-Füfermusig

Schänner Blech-Füfermusig

Blechtanzmusik

Brass dance Music Dance music for clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, baritone horn and tuba was popular in the late 19th century in certain parts of eastern Switzerland. In Schänis in Canton St. Gallen, manuscript music, recordings and various Pictures of this genre and its performers are extant today. In the Region around Glarus and Sargans, we know from numerous pictures from the time that this...

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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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Jellici/Baldes' Soundfields

Jellici/Baldes' Soundfields

Invisible Door

Soundfields. Fields, not landscapes. This concept is important because it implies several things: controlled openness, tension and resistance, a play with mutual stimuli in a limited framework. So: Soundfields, not soundscapes. “I find the term ‘soundscapes’, for example, as something very fixed”, says Johanna Jellici. “You associate them with a specific form of sound generation and arrangemen...

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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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Michael Pelzel

Michael Pelzel

Komponisten-Portrait

“Just listen carefully! And let yourself be swept along!” is what one would most like to say about Michael Pelzel’s music, and then forgo any further commentary or attempt to talk about it. This is rare in contemporary music! Usually, there’s a lot that has to be explained, suitable metaphors have to be sought to try and convey what to listen for, and you have to keep telling the listener to ...

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Die Neue Volksmusik

Die Neue Volksmusik

Marksteine Neuer Volksmusik aus der Schweiz

A living folk music is a music that is continually adapting itself to the tastes of the time and of its audiences. In this sense, the “new” folk music is nothing out of the ordinary at all, but something quite natural. Musicians themselves today tend to reject the label of “new folk music”, not least because they don’t want to distinguish themselves from the rest of the folk music scene as som...

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Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Manfred Barbarini Lupus

Cantus coagulatus - vierstimmige Kompositionen für Messe und Offizium für das Kloster St. Gallen (um 1560)

What is special about Barbarini’s compositions is not their polyphony in itself, but how they are presented. Except in a few cases, the plainchant on which each piece is based is notated in Gothic neumes in the tenor part, while the surrounding parts – Discantus, Altus and Bassus – are written in white mensural notation. The rhythm of the tenor is such that every note of the plainchant is giv...

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Grammont Sélection 8

Grammont Sélection 8

Schweizer Uraufführungen 2014

The Grammont “Sélections” of the past seven years have never really given an impression of homogeneity. Only to a limited extent were they able to define any kind of “typical” Swiss style. Eighty years ago there still existed what seemed to be some kind of common aesthetic direction in Swiss music, and even just twenty years ago composers seemed to have at least a comparable approach to how the...

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Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich

Streichquartette

Many people in the German-speaking countries know a work by Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich without ever having heard his name – he’s the composer of the song “Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen” to a text by Joseph von Eichendorff, which was a hit that was included in every song book until the early 20th century. This song’s popularity surely lies in Fröhlich’s singable but by no means simple melo...

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hornroh modern alphorn quartet

hornroh modern alphorn quartet

gletsc

What is the photo on the cover of this CD? A close-up of an elephant’s skin, with its folds and crannies? A mouldy cheese from France? Or perhaps, after all, a view of the fissures and crevices of a glacier? Puzzling moments such as are offered by this video still by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud can be found, too, in the music on this double CD that is entitled hornroh modern alphorn quartet. It is a ...

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Martin Jaggi

Martin Jaggi

Komponisten-Portrait

Martin Jaggi was born in Basel in 1978. He began playing the cello at the age of seven and was given his first composition lessons by his father, the composer Rudolf Jaggi. He studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn from 1995 to 1996, and then from 1996 to 2000 he studied the cello with Reinhard Latzko and composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Basel Music Academy. He then studied f...

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Urs Bollhalder Trio

Urs Bollhalder Trio

Eventide

In 2010, at a concert in Frauenfeld, the three musicians Urs Bollhalder, Heiri Känzig and Kevin Chesham gave their first performance as a trio. For many in the audience – and for the band itself – this was a unique experience and can be regarded as the moment that the Urs Bollhalder Trio was born. All the pieces on this CD were composed by Urs Bollhalder and provide the basis for a unique mixt...

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Gaspard Fritz

Gaspard Fritz

Sinfonien I und II, op. 6 - Violinkonzert

The violinist Philippe Fritz (1689–1744) came from Celle in Lower Saxony and settled in Geneva at the age of twenty. It was there that he married Jeanne Guibourdance. Four years later, on 18 February 1716, their son Gaspard was born. His first violin lessons were presumably given him by his father, and in the 1730s the young Gaspard studied in Turin with Giovanni Battista Somis, a wellknown ...

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