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'Music for the University: Brahms' Academic Festival Orchestra; Rushton: Concrete; Hegar: Festive Cantata / Musikkollegium Winterthur; Akademischer Chor Zürich

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
>Rushton, Edward : Concrete, for soloists, male chorus & orchestra
>Hegar, Fredrich : Festive Cantata, for soloists, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 42
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of Zurich, Tinhalle Zurich (04/24/2014).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Karl Schleuber
  • Ensemble: Musikkollegium Winterthur
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1879

>Rushton, Edward : Concrete, for soloists, male chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Anna Gschwend (Voice); Stephanie Pfeffer (Voice); Sofia Pollak (Voice); Michaela Unsinn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Karl Schleuber
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Hegar, Fredrich : Festive Cantata, for soloists, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 42
  • Performers: Wolf Friedrich (Bass); Anna Gschwend (Voice); Tamas Henter (Voice); Reto Knopfel (Voice); Stephanie Pfeffer (Voice); Sofia Pollak (Voice); Jan Rusko (Voice); Philipp Scherer (Voice); Michaela Unsinn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Anna Jelmorini
  • Running Time: 49 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic