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Musica Helvetica - Christmas In Switzerland MH-C78 (Part I)

The Swiss Alpine village of Hérémance with its typical Valaisan houses.


Noël Valaisan

Specially commissioned by Swiss Radio International, "Noël Valaisan" relates the story of the Nativity as interpreted by rural folk from Hérémence in the Swiss Canton of Valais. The work blends the trained singing of the "Chanson du Rhône" choir with the pure and natural voices of mountain pesants who have maintained the authencitiy and spontaneity of people in daily contact with nature. "Noël Valaisan" was written and directed by Jean Daetwyler.

Production information

Musica Helvetica. Christmas In Switzerland MH-C78. Noël Valaisan. Produced 1978 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen (this recording is not available).

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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