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A Stradivarius Concert (MH 18/1972)


One of the world's finest Stradivarius collections, violins, violas and cellos, belongs to Swiss businessman and music-lover Rolf Habisreutinger of St. Gall.

He has created a foundation, enabling talented performers, both amateurs and professionals, to play these priceless instruments on special occasions. One of Habisreutinger’s violins is the “King George” Stradivarius, belonging to its builders “Golden Period” instruments (around 1790). These recordings were made specially for the MUSICA HELVETICA series.

Musical content

1. Edvard Grieg: Prelude. From Suite for String Orchestra, “Fra Holbergs Tid”, op. 40
Stradivarius Octet
2. Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Viola
Harry Goldenberg and Jean Paul Guéneux
3. Walther Schulthess: Moderato and Andante cantabile. From Serenade for String Trio, op. 6
Trio Stradivarius
4. W. A. Mozart: Minuet. From Quintet no. 3 for Strings in G minor, K. 516
Stradivarius Quintet

Production information

Musica Helvetica MH 18. A Stradivarius Concert. Produced 1972 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen and Nicolas Lombard.

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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