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Music for the University Zurich

Music for the University Zurich

Item No. GMCD 7415

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Release Date: 15.02.2015

2014 saw the centenary of the consecration of the imposing University of Zurich main building, an important occasion marked by this outstanding concert of familiar, new and unfamiliar music - with the familiar Brahms 'Academic Festival Overture' heard in the rarely-performed version whereby the final 'Gaudeamus Igitur' is sung by the university choir, who are also heard in Friedrich Heger's extremely rare Festive Cantata, composed 100 years ago for the occasion of the inauguration of the building. This impressive work is laid out on a spacious scale for soloists, male voice choir and large orchestra, and makes a deep impression in the wholly committed performance. Also new to the occasion, and likewise receiving its world premiere recording, the British-born but long-time Swiss resident Edward Rushton's 'Concrete' for full orchestra (plus a few soli female voices) receives its world premiere recording in this powerful performance, making a compelling collection of music inspired by learning from across the decades.


Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Musikkollegium Winterthur, Akademischer Chor Zürich (male voices), schmaz schwuler männerchor zürich, Männerchor Zürich, Karl Scheuber (conductor) 10:36
02 Concrete (World premiere recording) Edward Rushton (b. 1972) Musikkollegium Winterthur, Soloists: Anna Gschwend, Stephanie Pfeffer, Sofía Pollak, Michaela Unsinn, Karl Scheuber (conductor) 18:52
03 Festive Cantata on the occasion of the inauguration of the main building of the University of Zurich 1914, for soloists, male choir and large orchestra, Op.42 (World premiere recording) Friedrich Hegar (1841-1927) Musikkollegium Winterthur, Akademischer Chor Zürich (male voices), schmaz schwuler männerchor zürich, Männerchor Zürich, Wolf Matthias Friedrich (baritone), Soloists: Anna Gschwend, Stephanie Pfeffer, Sofía Pollak, Michaela Unsinn, Tamás Bertalan Henter, Reto Knöpfel, Ján Rusko, Philipp Scherer, Anna Jelmorini (conductor) 49:45
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