New releases

Lauber’s symphonies No. 4 and 5 – world premiere recording

-the final volume of Lauber's symphonic work

With the two middle symphonies – the Fourth (1913) and the Fifth (1918) – the rediscovery journey in the footsteps of the forgotten Swiss composer Joseph Lauber goes into the last round: In spite of the devastating consequences of the First World War  in terms of a general artistic and political condition, Lauber doesn’t fall into the confessional and remains in the traditional four-movement structure for both symphonies. But he also surprises in both works: with unexpected time signatures, exotic instrumentation (xylophone, tambourine. …), with a wealth of melodic allusions – and he even inserts a carillon melody that he claims to have heard while skiing in the Valais. A symphonist between the worlds and between the cultures – in his sense of sound a Frenchman, in the motivic design German and in the emotional internalization thoroughly Swiss. The Biel Solothurn Symphony Orchestra plays under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder. The artistic direction of the recording was provided by Frédéric Angleraux, ADCSound.

 

figurations – the debut album of BlattWerk – reed quintet

world premiere recordings and new arrangements

BlattWerk, a Swiss-based Reed Quintet with Martin Bliggenstorfer (oboe), Jonas Tschanz (saxophone), Nils Kohler and Richard Haynes (clarinets) and bassoonist Elise Jacoberger – present their own arrangements of Bela Bartok’s Suite op. 14 and Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye and Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque in the version by Oliver Boekhoorn. The “figurations de mémoire” by the Swiss composer Walter Feldmann closes the circle and shows another side of the ensemble’ passionate committment to contemporary music. “In an excellent recording, BlattWerk achieves immensely lively and colourful, yet finely balanced, atmospheric interpretations, whether in virtuoso or lyrical passages” (Remy Franck, Pizzicato).