Started by Dundonnell, December 06, 2007, 03:05:22 PM
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Quote from: bhodges on December 06, 2007, 04:08:46 PMLooking at this Wiki page of Swiss composers, I realize I haven't heard much by any of them. Earlier this year, I did hear a short piece called Lied for violin and piano by Beat Furrer (b. 1954), that sort of sounded like Morton Feldman (but much shorter than most of his works). I liked it, but have no idea whether it's representative of his overall output or not. --Bruce
Quote from: vandermolen on December 07, 2007, 02:33:09 AMHonegger and Bloch are two of my favourite composers. Honegger's "Liturgique" and Bloch's Piano Quintet No 1 and String Quartet No 1 are, I believe, masterpieces of 20th Century music.
Quote from: Dundonnell on December 07, 2007, 07:17:01 AMI am grateful for the various comments and completely agree with those praising the works of Bloch, Honegger, Martin and Schoeck. These composers have enjoyed considerable exposure on disc-Schoeck, admittedly, less than the first three.
Quote from: pjme on December 09, 2007, 02:20:57 PMThe CD series " Musikszene Schweiz" offers many interesting and good recordings -famous names ( Honegger and Martin) and plenty of lesser known names.I recommend Hermann ( yes, 2 "n") Suter's "Le laudi" (1923), a 70 mins. oratorio/cantata on Saint Francis " Cantico delle creature" . It was composed in 1923 and is considered to be Suter's magnum opus. (Suter was born 1870 and died in 1926)Scored for very large forces : 4 soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, bass),mixed choir,children's choir,organ ( piano, celesta,bells) and orchestra . Inspired by the grandiose natural setting of Sils (Engadin), Suter turns the poem into 9 autonomous musical pictures, each with its own character. Suter's mastery lies in his fusion of a late Romantic idiom and impressionistic influences with archaic sounding techniques ( psalmody, a cappella sections, modal effects, Gregorian motifs ...)The recording ( (CD 6105) is very good : Andras Ligeti conducts the Budapest PO,Alida Ferrarini,sop;,Vesselina Kasarova,alto, Eduardo Vila,ten.,Marcel Rosca, bass. Hungarian radio chorus and Children's chorus.Andras Viragh, organ.I find it an impressive and beautiful work -where German and Gallic influences combine in a lofty and lyrical result.
Quote from: Al Moritz on December 09, 2007, 04:27:29 PMDon't forget this outstanding Kyburz dysc:http://www.amazon.com/Hanspeter-Kyburz-Malstrom-Voynich-Manuscript/dp/B00004TSZM(Edward reviewed the disc there.)
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