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Schweizer: East West Symphony, Etc /Zushan, Zurich So, Et Al


Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog #: 1030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Schweizer
Performer:  James AlexanderZhang Jin MinHo Hui PingHuang Shao-Jiang,   ... 
Conductor:  Bian ZushanDmitri KitayenkoJorge RotterAlexander Rahbari,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Symphony OrchestraChina Broadcasting OrchestraBerne Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

East meets West, the Renaissance meets the 20th century, and the Swiss alphorn has an opportunity to solo on this unique recording. Swiss-born composer Heinrich Schweitzer is not very well known to most audiences outside his homeland, but judging from what is presented on this recording, he deserves wider recognition.
Schweitzer's 'East West Symphony' is the first major work to put both a full Chinese and a full Western orchestra on the same stage. The symphony blends Chinese and Western music in challenging and colorful fashion. For example, the work quotes Chinese folk tunes and Elgar's Violin Concerto before the two orchestras join forces in a grand climax. Another side of Schweitzer's art is displayed in his 'Historical Symphony
Read more Suite,' a work which quotes music by famous composers from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Perhaps the most colorful work on the recording is 'Swiss Panorama,' a lovely tone poem featuring the Swiss alphorn. The performances are all formidable, especially the work of the Chinese Broadcasting Orchestra in the 'East West Symphony.' Eclectic music, excellent performances and detailed liner notes makes this a fascinating musical journey. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. East West Symphony by Heinrich Schweizer
Conductor:  Bian Zushan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Symphony Orchestra,  China Broadcasting Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
2. Historical Symphony Suite by Heinrich Schweizer
Performer:  James Alexander (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975 
3. Suite for Flute, Bassoon and Piano after themes by Sri Chinmoy by Heinrich Schweizer
Performer:  Zhang Jin Min (Bassoon), Ho Hui Ping (Piano), Huang Shao-Jiang (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Swiss Panorama by Heinrich Schweizer
Performer:  Josef Molnàr (Alphorn)
Conductor:  Jorge Rotter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Westphalia Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
5. Five Days in Avignon by Heinrich Schweizer
Performer:  John Van Buskirk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6. Hadlaub-Symphonic Sketches by Heinrich Schweizer
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
7. Symphonic Poem Splendor on 4 Singaporean Themes by Heinrich Schweizer
Conductor:  Bart Folse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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