New releases

ANIMA – six Fantasies in the Flow

Debut recording by violinist&composer Jonas Erni

With ANIMA, Swiss violinist Jonas Erni presents six solo fantasies for violin that form a hidden connection to Bach’s or Ysaÿe’s solo works and link this violinistic heritage with the personal reflections of this versatile musician. As violinist&composer, Jonas Erni conceived the fantasies during 2020 and 2021 and constantly developed them in concert. In the limbo between quasi-improvised gesture and an emotionally sustaining structure, the six works approach different musical and biographical levels. The Intermezzi parlando, spoken in German by Swiss radio speaker Michael Schwendimann, are intended as an original mediatory approach and enable a sensitive listening accompaniment for the listeners. For information in English see the booklet in three languages.

 

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.