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Hommage a Robert Suter: Piano Suites nos 1&2; Deutsche Chansons; Epilog / Claudia Sutter, piano; Leslie Leon, mezzo-soprano

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>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 1
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 2
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : German Songs (7), for voice & piano
>Sutter, Claudia : Unfassbar en forme de suite, for voice & piano
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Epilog-Walzerchen-Reminiszenz, for piano

Album Summary

>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 1
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 2
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : German Songs (7), for voice & piano
>Sutter, Claudia : Unfassbar en forme de suite, for voice & piano
>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Epilog-Walzerchen-Reminiszenz, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Swiss composer Robert Suter left behind a many-faceted oeuvre. He wrote symphonic works, concertos, stage works and choral music, and throughout his long composing career he wrote solo pieces and chamber music for different combinations. Pianist/singer/poet/composer Claudia Sutter pays hommage to his work with this recording. Also included is one of her compositions, which is true to the four basic principles found in Suter's musical language: the archaic, the interior, the abstract and the virtuosic.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The suites are introspective while the songs are tonal and theatrical. They are all fantastic. Suter's suites are of modest scope. I of the First Suite opens with a trill idea that evolves into a free melodic line that consistently employs a dotted 8th to 16th motive. It is highly reminiscent of Schoenberg's Op. 11:1 II is a mellow moderato conceived in two, sometimes three, voices that unhurriedly explore all ranges. III is a pinched minuet that opens in one voice; after a contrasting legato segment, the original staccato idea finds its way back in. The profound simplicity of the whole - this is episodic composition at its best. She has a particular gift for enlivening the simplest of gestures: a single, weaving melodic line in her hands quivers with life. Her chords are struck gently and released even more delicately. The eclecticism and artfulness of this release are unmistakable, leading me to hope that the inspired pairing of kindred spirits Suter and Sutter will result in a great many similar releases in the future.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011).



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Works Details

>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 1
  • Performer: Claudia Sutter (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Suite for piano no 2
  • Performer: Claudia Sutter (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Suter, Robert [Composer] : German Songs (7), for voice & piano
  • Performer: Claudia Sutter (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1978

>Sutter, Claudia : Unfassbar en forme de suite, for voice & piano
  • Notes: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Suter, Robert [Composer] : Epilog-Wälzerchen-Reminiszenz, for piano
  • Performer: Claudia Sutter (Piano)
  • Notes: Tonstudio van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany (03/10/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1997