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Live at Victoria-Hall Geneva, 2 March 2021

Mikhail Pletnev

Classical - To be released February 11, 2022 | Claves Records

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Swiss Faces

Geneva Brass

Classical - To be released February 4, 2022 | Claves Records

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Villard & Martin: Doubles messes a cappella

Académie Vocale de Suisse Romande

Classical - Released January 28, 2022 | Claves Records

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Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir a cappella is one of the repertoire’s most widely performed monuments, and Valentin Villard’s Mass for six voices could well follow in its footsteps. Although 90 years separate these two works, there is an evident filiation between Frank Martin and Valentin Villard. Both composers develop their own harmonic language based on contemporary practices, seek lines of great vocality and explore the orchestral dimension of juxtaposing human voices. Furthermore, both put their writing to the service of an expression of interiority devoid of affectation, with total sincerity and the same ethical and artistic aim. Frank Martin wrote his Mass for Double Choir a cappella in 1922 (except for the Agnus Dei, which dates from 1926) but did not intend it to be performed publicly or even published. It was not until he composed In Terra pax at the end of the Second World War that he considered writing sacred music for public performance. Then, after having produced Golgotha, Le Mystère de la nativité, Pilate, Psaumes de Genève and Maria-Triptychon, he agreed to satisfy the curiosity his Mass had aroused. The piece was finally premiered in 1969. What followed is a well-known fact: Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir became one of the composer’s most famous works, although it is daunting to perform. It is, however, written in a straightforward modal and diatonic language, which only remotely anticipates the refinement and strong personality of Martin’s works from Le Vin herbé onwards. Valentin Villard’s Mass for six voices is written for choir a cappella and a sextet of soloists within the ensemble. In this sense, it is also a mass for double choir, one being contained within the other. Written between 2008 and 2011, it is one of the young composer’s few pieces that were not commissioned. Its writing is ample, generous and dense; it explores the choir’s orchestral dimension, building on the tonality or breaking away from it, giving rise to refined and precise harmonic clouds through astonishing aleatory passages. Its performance is also very tricky: through the simplicity of his writing, the composer achieves the musical density and depth that are now his hallmark. With this recording of Frank Martin and Valentin Villard’s Masses, the Académie vocale de Suisse romande intends to compare two works that present a strong bond of filiation. The ensemble also wishes to value its close relationship with past and present composers from the French-speaking part of Switzerland. © Claves Records
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Le pays d'où je viens, La Chanson de Fribourg

Jérémie Zwahlen

Classical - Released December 17, 2021 | Claves Records

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Pierre et le Loup, Op. 67 / Le Carnaval des animaux

Roberto González-Monjas

Classical - Released December 10, 2021 | Claves Records

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Peter und der Wolf, Op. 67 / Der Karneval der Tiere

Kurt Aeschbacher

Classical - Released December 10, 2021 | Claves Records

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Orgelfestival im Stadtcasino Basel, 2020

Various Artists

Classical - Released November 5, 2021 | Claves Records

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Jean Françaix: Works for Winds

Nicolas Chalvin

Classical - Released October 22, 2021 | Claves Records

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Jean Françaix had a passion for wind instruments, in particular for the dextuor, an original formation for which he could combine the expressive richness of the octet, so dear to Mozart, with the shimmer and volubility of the wind quintet. Throughout this recording, it was an immense pleasure to immerse oneself in his music, to let oneself go with the contrasting moods and atmospheres, in turn funny, tender, casual or elegiac. A pleasure shared by the musicians of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, who were keen to showcase their sense of transparency, their musicality and their flawless virtuosity. We are therefore very happy to share these wonderful moments with you, and hope that listening to this disc will bring you happiness and joy. © Claves Records
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Comme il faut

Gallaz-Massy Chamber Duet

Jazz - Released October 8, 2021 | Claves Records

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Grischuns dal cor

Sebastian Bohren

Classical - Released September 3, 2021 | Claves Records

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Brahms: Balladen Op. 10, Intermezzi Op. 117 - Klavierstücke Op. 118 & Op. 119

Johannes Brahms

Classical - Released August 10, 2021 | Claves Records

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Vue sur la mer

Boulouris 5

Tango - Released July 9, 2021 | Claves Records

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Psalms and Motets from Renaissance Switzerland

Stephanie Boller

Classical - Released June 25, 2021 | Claves Records

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In the middle of the 16th century, the Geneva Psalter infected the whole of Reformed Europe – Switzerland included – with a true psalm fever. The first complete collection of all 150 psalms, promoted by the Genevan reformer Jean Calvin, was published in 1562. The psalm verses were translated into French and provided with melodies by various Genevan cantors. Thanks to the collection’s immense importance for the Reformation and its unique artistic content, these psalms inspired like none before the most influential composer of the time to write a large number of polyphonic psalm settings. The four-part psalms composed by Claude Goudimel (ca. 1514-1572) were published in 1564, just two years after their initial release. Set in a simple note-against-note setting with the well-known Genevan melodies in the tenor part, these psalms quickly gained incredible popularity. © Claves Records
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Franz Xaver Mozart: Variations

Andriy Dragan

Classical - Released June 11, 2021 | Claves Records

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Frank Martin: Concerto pour violon / Esquisse

Svetlin Roussev

Concertos - Released June 4, 2021 | Claves Records

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Pierre Wissmer: Musique Symphonique & Concertos

Paul Meyer

Concertos - Released May 7, 2021 | Claves Records

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Pierre Wissmer: Musique Symphonique & Concertos

Pierre Wissmer

Classical - Released April 16, 2021 | Claves Records

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Bach : h-Moll Messe, BWV 232

Stephan MacLeod

Classical - Released March 26, 2021 | Claves Records

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The Mass in B minor holds a very special place in J.S. Bach’s output: a work of grandeur, an opus ultimum, it was not composed as such but is the result of an assembly of pieces written at different times and for different circumstances. Bach worked on it during the years 1748-1749, until his eyesight, which had gradually deteriorated, was completely lost. The idea of bringing together pieces drawn essentially from the vast corpus of cantatas was not unusual; a similar approach was taken by several of his contemporaries, such as Handel, and Bach himself had done so for the short masses he composed in the late 1730s. These were called parodies. Moving from the German text of the cantatas to the Latin text of the masses meant adapting the vocal lines, with additions and deletions, polyphonic and harmonic enrichments, and changes in instrumentation. Throughout his life, Bach never ceased to revisit his works with a view to improving them.
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Triofreuden

Trioraro

Chamber Music - Released March 12, 2021 | Claves Records

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Invierno Porteño

Boulouris 5

Tango - Released March 11, 2021 | Claves Records