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Faszination Arkadien

The name Arcadia is pleasant-sounding and popular. But the land of Virgil's poetry is not actually well known. Where is it? What is it? Is this just another tale of heartache? Well, it is a place where lovesick shepherds seek comfort in the midst of tranquil nature. The bubbling spring, shaded by the laurel, provides space for the troubled mind, while poetry and music provide an escape valve for heavy hearts. These metaphors touch on my own idyllic visions: I grew up near a gushing fountain; meadows, gardens, green lanes and flowers are the first things to indicate a closeness to nature and trigger a childish melancholy...

Bach in Los Angeles

By choosing a classical repertoire for the e-bass, foremost Bach's cello suites, Jacques Bono has acquired an outstanding position in the music business. Performances at the various Bach-churches in Thuringia, e.g. in Arnstadt, give him an enormous amount of inspiration and insight into Bach's music.   At their »original sites« Bono puts Bach's works into a unique contrast by playing them on an instrument of our times, more than 300 years after their composition – a project that has never been ventured before...

Suites for Violoncello Solo

Apart from the early Baroque ricercari and didactic works like the études and capriccios of composers such as Duport, Dotzauer and Piatti, the repertoire for solo cello up to the Romantic period comprises only two works: Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites BWV 1007-1012 (c. 1720) and Max Reger's Three Suites op. 131c of 1914. While numerous works for solo cello have been written since Hindemith and Kodály, they are all clearly orientated around twentieth-century tonal language...

Igor Strawinsky - Le Sacre du printemps

Version for Orchestra with Sinfonieorchester Basel Version for Piano Four Hands performed by Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa As early as spring 1910 Igor Stravinsky had a vision of a "great pagan festival" the climax of which would be the death of a young girl who dies of exhaustion after a frenzied dance, surrounded by the elders of her tribe...

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky - Symphonie Nr. 6

October 25, 1893 (November 6 according to the Gregorian calendar): Death-knell bells tolled all over Russia for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the Tsardom of Russia arranged for a lavish state funeral.   Doctors interviewed by the newspapers also confirmed the cause of death as uremia due to cholera. But soon there were an increasing number of medically corroborated dispatches that hardened suspicions of premeditation and even spoke of suicide by poison. Then the idea of the Symphony in B minor as a requiem for himself began to circulate, and a myth was born...

Through Time

The dream of many classical musicians is to record as a soloist with an extraordinary orchestra such as the English Chamber Orchestra. Mine came true thanks to Verena and Hans-Ulrich's invitation and I could not be happier! This privilege, together with the fact that I could chose the repertoire and the recording team made it even more fascinating and special. The list of pieces that I love to play is quite long, and making the selection was both interesting and challenging...

Johann II, Josef und Eduard Strauss

The Viennese Waltz, the oldest of the ballroom society dances, emerged from the „German Dance“ and – possibly – also from the „Landler“ during the second half of the 18th century.   In the numerous establishments of the Viennese suburbs, the ensembles of rivaling bandmasters Joseph Lanner (1801 – 1843) and Johann Strauss I (1804 – 1849) publicly played dance music and hence they may be considered as the actual„inventors“ of the Viennese Waltz as it is commonly understood and loved all over the world today.   After the early death of Johann Strauss Sr...

Genesis 1757 - F. X. Richter - Sieben Streichquartette op. 5

Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789) - The true inventor of the string quartet?   An ominous foreboding, blood in the snow, a corpse in winter ... These is the story of a tragic incident which took place near the court of the Duke of Hildburghausen in 1757, and forms part of the unusual credentials of a man who avoided a fatal end only by a hair's breadth because he chose to play string quartets. In his memoirs, the violinist and composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf recalls refusing an invitation to take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh due to a premonition...

The 5 Sonatas for Piano and Cello - Beethoven

It is very difficult to find another composer whose uncompromising approach to his work created such an overwhelming impression on both his contemporaries and following generations. Ludwig van Beethoven leaves no-one untouched and is perhaps even more relevant in our modern, ephemeral society, in which there is seldom time to reflect. It therefore seems important and natural to us to present our version of these fantastic works. Beethoven's five cello sonatas are the quintessence of his personality and work: they exemplify creative development in an unparalleled manner...

Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 2 & Symphony No. 4 "Deliciae Basiliensis"

This is the fourth production on the in 2012 established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.   The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad...
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