New releases

Symphonies no. 3, 6 and ‘Die Alpen’ by Swiss composer Joseph Lauber (1964 – 1952)

Even more astonishing symphonies to discover! World premiere recording.

On this second volume of Schweizer Fonogramm’s Lauber Cycle, the Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn and their chief conductor Kaspar Zehnder carry on the re-discovery of the symphonic work by this pianist, conductor, composer and composition teacher of Frank Martin. With the 3rd Symphony and the symphonic suite ‘Die Alpen’ from 1896/97, Lauber shows a compositional mastery perfectly balanced in craft, sentiment and energy. While the Third, composed in the year of Bruckner’s death, aspires to all the pretensions of symphonic confessional music with a romantic glow, in ‘Die Alpen’ he deliberately uses Helvetic folk songs and even inserts Switzerland’s former national anthem in the finale…With the 6th Symphony, written nearly 50 years and two world wars later, Lauber hesitantly enters the neoclassical territory and reflects on his long artistic life in an surprising, film-music-like way. The recording was made in December 2020 at the Menuhin Forum Bern under the artistic recording direction of Frédéric Angleraux/ ADCSound.

The Treasure Chamber of Swiss Symphonic Music – Cd of the day France Musique

A DEBUT recording by Schweizer Fonogramm - and a world premiere for Joachim Raff and August Walter

Even in the 21st century, Swiss Music from the Classical and Romantic periods still ekes out a shadowy existence. Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer, conductor, musicologist and founder of the Swiss Orchestra, believes this is a regrettable fact. The two works presented on this new album, both from the Swiss Romantic period, were discovered by herself in intensive research and can now be listened to by a hopefully wide audience thanks to the DEBUT production of Schweizer Fonogramm. Together with the Swiss Orchestra, which is made up of first-class musicians of the younger generation, the conductor accompanies the Swiss mezzo-soprano Marie-Claude Chappuis in Joachim Raff’s ‘Traumkönig und sein Lieb’ op. 66, a dreamwoven and sensual orchestral song, and revives August Walter’s classicist Symphony in E flat major after almost 150 years of being lost. The treasury of the Swiss Symphonic Composition is open!