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Swiss Folk Music - Live! - At the Kornhauskeller of Bern (SFL 1/1981)

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The Kornhauskeller of Berne dates back to 1716, when it was built by the Bernese authorities for the storage of choice wines from other regions of Switzerland and of grain imported from abroad.

This content was published on April 14, 2008 - 11:14

The building was transformed into a festivities centre in 1896. The premises house a huge 36'000-litre capacity barrel and a 40'000-bottle wine cellar, and can seat up to a thousand people at a time. More than just a place where one eats and drinks, the Kornhauskeller has become an integral part of life in the city of Berne.

Musical content

1. Zeno Durrer: Alphorn Solo (Improvisation)
2. Boys' Choir of Kerns: From Lucerne to Weggis (Rigilied)
(Trad., arr. J. Marty)
3. Jakob Ummel and Vreni Kneuhbühl Yodel Duo: Es herbstelet - Autumn's Drawing Near
(J. Ummel)
4. Emmental Folk Musicians: Folk Dance Medley
(M. Weilenmann)
5. Romantsch Male Choir of Bern: Il leger viandant - The Merry Wanderer
(L. Bergamin / A. Augustin)
6. Quintetto del Gaggio: Bella Valmaggina - The Girl from the Maggia Valley
(V. Castelnuovo)
7. La Chanson de Prilly Choir: Allons tous en vendanges - Let's All Go to the Wine Harvest
(Trad., arr. R. Guibat)
8. La Perce-Oreille Country Band: Mi-été - Midsummer
(Trad., arr. R. Thoeny)

Production information

Musica Helvetica. Swiss Folk Music - Live! SFL-1. At the Kornhauskeller of Bern. Produced 1981 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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