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Schwertsik: Sinfonia-sinfonietta, Etc / Davies, Et Al


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 342   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Christian AltenburgerKurt Schwertsik
Conductor:  Dennis Russell DaviesKurt Schwertsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Kurt Schwertsik was born in Vienna in 1935. He studied composition with Joseph Marx and Karl Schiske as well as horn with Gottfried Freiberg at the Vienna Music Academy. He continued his studies in Darmstadt and Cologne with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel and John Cage. From 1955–1959 and 1962–1968, Kurt Schwertsik was engaged as a hornist in the Niederösterreichischen Tonkünstlerorchester. This was followed by an engagement as hornist with the Wiener Symphoniker. In 1958 he co-founded ‘die reihe,’ the Vienna Ensemble for New Music, with composer Friedrich Cerha. In 1965, together with Otto M. Zykan, Schwertsik organized the .rst ‘Salon Concerts’ in Vienna; in 1968 he founded the ensemble ‘MOB art & tone ART’ with his Read more friends Zykan and Heinz Karl Gruber. The Symphonie im MOB-Stil op. 19 was one of the works written for this ensemble. In 1966, Kurt Schwertsik was guest professor for composition and analysis at the University of California in Riverside. He began teaching again in 1979, taking over the composition class at the Vienna Conservatory until 1988. From 1989 until his retirement in 2003, he was a professor of composition at Vienna’s Academy for Music and Theater. He continues to live and work in Vienna.

Schwertsik’s credits include many commissioned works, presentations and performances, e. g. at the Darmstadt vacation courses, Montreal EXPO, steirischer herbst, Vienna and Salzburg Festivals, SWF Baden-Baden, ORF, Cologne Opera, Württemberg State Theater, Bath Festival, Berlin Festival, London Almeida Festival and at the Alternative Vienna Festival in London. He was one of four main composers during the 1992 ‘Wien modern’.

He has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Austrian Prize of Appreciation (1974), Music Prize of the city of Vienna (1980) and the Great Austrian State Prize (1992).

Kurt Schwertsik’s most important works include the opera Fanferlieschen Schönefüßchen, the live-movement cycle for orchestra Irdische Klänge, solo concerti for violin, percussion, guitar, contrabass, alphorn and trombone, Instant Music for flute and chamber orchestra, the four ballets for Hans Kresnik Macbeth, Frida Kahlo, Nietzsche and Gastmahl der Liebe and the song cycle Starckdeutsche Lieder und Tänze for baritone and orchestra after texts from Matthias Koeppel. In recent years, the composer has been acclaimed for his Sinfonia- Sinfonietta (premiered by the Wiener Musikverein), the music theater work Roald Dahl’s “Goldilocks”, the Schrumpf-Symphony (which premiered at the Millennium concert at the Salzburg Mozarteum conducted by Roger Norrington), the Violin Concerto No. 2 ”Albayzin und Sacromonte” as well as with Adieu Satie for string quartet and bandoneon (premiered by the Alban Berg Quartett) and the opera Katzelmacher, after Rainer Werner Fassbinder (premiered in 2003 in Wuppertal).
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Works on This Recording

1. Sinfonia-Sinfonietta, Op. 73 by Kurt Schwertsik
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Funkhaus, Vienna 
Length: 20 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 81 "Albayzin and Sacromonte" by Kurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Christian Altenburger (Violin)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Funkhaus, Vienna 
Length: 18 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3. Schrumpf-Symphony, Op. 80 by Kurt Schwertsik
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Funkhaus, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Goldlöckchen, Op. 74 by Kurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Kurt Schwertsik (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Kurt Schwertsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Funkhaus, Vienna 
Length: 33 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 

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