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Nachhall – song cycles with orchestra by Swiss late romantic Othmar Schoeck (1886 – 1957)

world premiere recording with first published arrangements

Thanks to a grant from the Canton of Schwyz, the Schweizer Fonogramm label is very proud to present the new studio production NACHHALL (‘Echo’), which is dedicated to the song oeuvre of Othmar Schoeck, the great song and opera composer from central Switzerland. The programme includes song cycles from his youth (op. 4 and 17) from 1904 – 1909 and the melancholic cycle Nachhall op. 70, composed fifty years later. The early cycles can be heard as world premiere recordings in an arrangement by Graziella Contratto, who also accompanies the two soloists Stephan Genz and Olena Tokar with the Bern Symphony Orchestra as conductor. From the enchantment of the early songs to the congenial, more realistic Lenau sound of the late works, this recording aims to document an important soundline in Swiss cultural and musical heritage – for song lovers from all over the world. As always, Frédéric Angleraux from www.adcsound.ch was the artistic director of the recording. The translation of all song texts in English can be found below.

Nachhall – song cycles with orchestra by Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck (1886 – 1957)

world premiere recording with first published arrangements