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Leading Swiss Artists of the Concert Stage - Thomas Friedli (MH 40/1978)


Clarinetist Thomas Friedli was born in Huttwil/Switzerland in 1946. He has achieved increasing international recognition since winning the 1971 Geneva International Competition for Musical Performers and the 1975 soloists' prize of the Swiss Musicians' Association.

He has appeared extensively in East and West Europe and in South America. He has been a featured soloist at leading international festivals including the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. In 1977 he founded the Berne Clarinet Trio.

Musical content

1. Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces fro Solo Clarinet (3rd Piece)
Thomas Friedli, clarinet
2. Carl Maria von Weber: Polacca (3rd movement). From Concerto no. 2 in E flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra, op. 74
Thomas Friedli, clarinet; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Jean Meylan , conductor
3. W.A. Mozart: Adagio (2nd movement). From Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra KV 622
Thomas Friedli, clarinet; Lausanne Chamber Orchestra; Francesco Mander, conductor
4. Franz Tischhauser: Fitness Parcours (3rd movement). From "The Beggar's Concerto fro Clarinet and String Orchestra"
Thomas Friedli, clarinet; Camerata Zurich; Räto Tschupp, conductor

Production information

Musica Helvetica MH 40. Leading Swiss Artists of the Concert Stage. Thomas Friedli (clarinet). Produced 1978 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen.

Background information

Switzerland is a small alpine nation shaped and influenced by great cultural cross-currents that have swept through Europe over centuries. Out of elements of diversity, the people of this country have forged a distinctly Swiss identity. And music is one of its most eloquent expressions. "Musica Helvetica" explores different facets of music in Switzerland from its earliest beginnings to the latest works of modern Swiss composers, from folk music to rock and jazz. This historical series span the years 1973 to 1998. These recordings are not available.

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