The German-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra (LS 1/1975)


The Light Orchestra of German-Swiss Radio was founded in 1946 by the prominent conductor and composer Cedric Dumont.

This content was published on April 17, 2008 minutes

The following year it made its recording debut. Since then it has won increasing recognition as one of the leading and most versatile radio light orchestras in Europe. Its repertoire ranges from modern dance music to operetta, from folk music to jazz. The Light Orchestra of the German-Swiss Radio is now under the direction of Hans Moeckel. Co-conductor is pianist-arranger Peter Jacques.

Musical content

1. Ballonflug - Balloon Ride
(Toni Leutwiler)
2. La Fanfare du Printemps - Fanfare of Spring
(Joseph Bovet)
3. Swiss Medley
a) Addio La Caserma - Farewell to the Barracks
b) Bionda bella Bionda - Beautiful Blonde
(Trad., arr. Raymond Droz)
4. Viamala
(Helmut Zacharias)
5. Happy Landing
(Hardy Schneiders)

Personnel of the German-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra

Fritz Pavlicek (tp, va); Gerdt Richter (tp, tb, v); Antonio Conde (tp, v, g); Lennart Axelsson (tp); Gustave Dupuis (tp); Victor Burghardt (as, cl); Franz David (as, fl, cl); Antonio Puttini (ts, cl, v); Fernando Vicencio (ts, ss, cl, fl); Fernand Fantini (bs, cl, bcl, acc); Rudolf Sutermeister (btb, b); Raymond Droz (tb, perc); Georges Delagaye (tb); Runo Ericksson (btb, v); Walter Teubner (g, va); Kurt Hacker (p, perc, hp, acc); Paul Rovère (bg, b); Pierre Favre (dr); Hans Moeckel (cond)

Production information

Musica Helvetica. Lightly Swiss LS 1. German-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra. Produced in 1975 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 1972 to 1998. These recordings are not available.

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