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Christmas In Switzerland - A Village Christmas at Zell (C 74/1974)


The first recorded English version of Swiss composers Paul Burkhard's Nativity play "Zeller Weihnachten - Christmas at Zell".

Performed under the direction of the composer by pupils of the Inter-Community School of Zumikon, near Zurich, and a cast of more than 50 children from a dozen nations. With instrumental accompaniment by musicians of the German-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra. This recording includes an interview with Paul Burkhard.

Musical content

1. Christmas at Zell
(P. Burkhard)
Pupils of the Inter-Community School of Zumikon: a cast of more than 50 children from a dozen nations; musicians of the German-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra; Paul Burkhard, conductor

Production information

Musica Helvetica. Christmas In Switzerland MH-C74. A Village Christmas at Zell. Produced 1974 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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