It is sometimes said that the Swiss are rather slow… As far as our project of recording Robert Schumann’s complete piano works, it is quite true that we have taken our time, with a first album published in… 2006.
In recent years, Esther Hoppe has established herself as a stylistically confident, virtuosic violinist in both the solo and chamber music repertoires – someone who always places her stupendous technique at the service of the music..
A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist,
chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant,
compelling stage presence, Ms. Piccinini has been hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute”.
Difficile d’imaginer personnalité plus forte que Heinz Holliger. A 77 ans, le hautboïste suisse continue à défendre ses compositeurs de prédilection.
Il joue aussi bien Mozart, Schumann qu'Elliott Carter ou Isang Yun.
Il a émancipé le hautbois au XXe siècle, et la plupart des grands compositeurs ont écrit pour lui.
Cédric Pescia, pianist of dual French and Swiss nationality, was born in Lausanne. He studied piano with Christian Favre at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva.
In recent years, Esther Hoppe
has established herself as a stylistically confident,
virtuosic violinist in both the solo and chamber music repertoires – someone who always places her
stupendous technique at the service of the music.
If I want to find another word for music it is again and again Venice - Nietzsche
Vivaldi loved to experiment with old and new, unusual and not yet perfected instruments as well as with rooms and acoustics. His recorded concertos for brass wind-instruments are good examples of this. According to Walter Kolneder – a Vivaldi specialist – they were written for two F Horns which advance even to the clarion register, outdoing with their D’’’ even the trumpets which have to play only C’’’ in their double concertos.
Conversely Malipiero and Fanna are of the opinion that the two horns have to play in the ‘ottava bassa’. Certainly, the high horns were the usual, but even specialists who are well acquainted with these instruments cannot agree as to whether the difficulties of the Vivaldi concerto with regard to the method of blowing and the intonation can be overcome. Therefore we have decided in favor of the solution suggested by Malipiero and Fanna, which seems justified historically.
Both double concertos show similar characteristics. The horns encircle with their quick outside movements the poetic largo of the violoncello, the trumpets sparkle in their..
La pochette du Volume VI de l'intégrale de l'oeuvre de Schumann - partagée entre l'Irlandais Finghin Collins (Volumes I et III), l'Italien Francesco Piemontesi (IV) et le Franco-Suisse Cédric Pescia (II, V et VI) - ne dit rien des précédents albums. Mais la première phrase du texte d'introduction nous apprend que la série arrive ici à son terme.
Ces publications, qui ont accumulé les Cinq Diapason, composent un monument qui ne s'efface en rien...
Charl Du Plessis Trio first formed in 2006 has performed in a great variety of styles including classical, jazz and rock.
The Trio consists of Charl du Plessis as pianist, Hugo Radyn on drums, and Werner Spies is the trio’s bassist. Baroqueswing is the Trio’s sixth and most recent album, featuring arrangements based on works by Bach, Gluck, Vivaldi and Handel.
As the album name suggests, these brilliant arrangements are of the jazz kind. The w...
In 2006 the Swiss company Claves embarked on a collaboration with the Clara Haskil Competition to record all the piano music of Schumann. To date, Volumes 1 and 3, played by Finghin Collins, Vol 4 by Francesco Pietmontesi, Vols 2 and 5 and now Vol 6 all by Cédric Pescia have appeared. Pescia’s discography is already remarkably broad, ranging from Couperin and Bach up through Messiaen, Cage and Gubaidulina.
Pescia’s Kreisleriana, the centrepiec...
A little over ten years ago, the Swiss record label Claves set out to record Robert Schumann’s complete works for piano music. Rather unusually, the label has used not one, but three pianists for the recordings thus far: Finghin Collins (Vols 1 and 3), Francesco Piemontesi (Vol 4), and Cédric Pescia (Vols 2, 5 and now Vol 6). I hope Pescia will be Claves’s top choice for the remaining releases, as he’s been the most impressive to date.
Volume 15 marks the final CD of the Basque Composers Collection initiated in 1997. Throughout its history, the Basque National Orchestra has been known for raising the profile of Basque music, its staunch policy of commissions and first performances, and, with this project, promoting what has today become an essential catalogue of Basque music. Through this collection, which begins with Jesús Guridi and ends with Carmelo Bernaola, the Basque N...
In this Bach programme, I have gathered various works written in the key of C, put into perspective with a few works intended for the Trinity period. And if I again chose the Schnitger organ of Groningen’s Martinikerk, it is as much for the nobility of its flamboyant tuttis as for the brightness of the individual stops and the accurate attack of the pipes. Or perhaps even more because of its “Hinsz” temperament, which is very close to the “Nei...
The Tharice Virtuosi are a string ensemble made up of remarkably trained musicians; whose virtuosity; instrumental perfection and joy of performing are admirable.
The ensemble brings together musicians who lead international careers as soloists; chamber musicians; leaders of renowned orchestras; or who teach in major schools. Each brings his own personality; colour; virtuosity and musicality; turning the chosen scores into a unique c...
Nourishing the Orchestra's discography and helping to compile the wide-reaching composition legacy passed down from our local composers is one of the main strands of this Basque Composers Collection. With fourteen volumes so far; this collection has become the benchmark symphonic encyclopaedia in our land.
This melting pot for Basque symphonic music brings together composers from different periods with widely-varying experiences. In m...