Some of the finest works by Swiss composers in this field have been written on religious themes, without actually having been conceived for church services.This content was published on March 18, 2008 - 12:27
This programme comprises excerpts from works of two composers, Willy Burkhard and Richard Sturzenegger, which have contributed to the international renown of Swiss sacred music.
1. Willy Burkhard: Kyrie. From "Mass for Choir, Solo Voices and Small Orchestra", op. 85
Ursula Buckel, Soprano; Jakob Stämpfli, Bass; Zurich Radio Choir; Zurich Symphony Orchestra; Martin Flämig, conductor
2. Richard Sturzenegger: Golgotha. From "Passion Cantata for Five Voices a Capella"
Zurich Radio Choir; Martin Flämig, conductor
Recorded live at Zurich Grossmünster
Musica Helvetica MH 5. Contemporary Sacred Music. Produced 1972 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen and Nicolas Lombard.
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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