This recording inaugurates a new historical series by Claves called "Revival", consisting of about fifty albums that have never been published as CDs; carefully remasterised, the recordings represent the firm’s initial years, from its creation in Thun in 1968. The whole product is 100% Swiss, the vinyls being made in Riedikon by the legendary company Turicaphon AG, still active to this day. The aim of this collection is to make the whole Claves catalogue accessible to the public, in due course, according to the wishes of Marguerite Dütschler, founder of the Label.
Vevey, summer 1969: while the Americans were about to walk on the moon, Peter-Lukas Graf was recording his first orchestral album, playing the double role of conductor and soloist. The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, founded by Victor Desarzens in 1942, was present, as was one of the pillars of Claves, sound engineer and singer Jakob Stämpfli.
Vevey 1969 was also the era of Charlie Chaplin or James Mason, whom one was likely to meet at the Saturday market, tenor Hugues Cuénod who had just turned 67 (he lived on to 108 years…), the trilogy of the spouses of the great Maestros Furtwängler, Krips & Schuricht, or the painter Oskar Kokoschka.
Recorded in the perfect acoustics of the Salle del Castillo (also known as the “Casino de Vevey”) with its ideal Schuhenbox shape, this Mozart programme won the most prestigious Japanese disc prize ever, the Japan Record Academy.
Peter-Lukas Graf, Flute
Peter-Lukas Graf was born in Zürich.
He studied flute with André Jaunet (Zürich), Marcel Moyse and Roger Cortet (Paris). He was awarded the First Prize as flautist and the Conductors Diploma at the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris. During three years he studied conducting in Munich.
Graf won the First Prize at the International Music Contest of the ARD in Munich and the Bablock Prize of the H. Cohen International Music Award in London. The multi-talented musician was appointed the youngest principal flutist at the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra and at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with additional conducting responsibilities. It followed a period of full time opera and symphonic conducting.
At the age of 21 Graf's recording of the Ibert Flute Concerto earned him immediate and overwhelming international recognition. Since then he made concert tours internationally as well as numerous recordings, television- and radio-productions and has performed in many international music festivals. He was a professor at the Basle Music Academy during more than 20 years and still gives master classes internationally.
Graf has also written four didactic monographs (see Publications). From the Academy of Music Cracow he receives the title doctor honoris causa. From the USA National Flute Association Graf receives the Lifetime Achievement Award 2005. From the Italian FALAUT-Association he receives the Premio alla Carriera Flauto d’Oro