Sutermeister - Orchestral Works Vol.1 | Toccata Classics TOCC0420

Sutermeister - Orchestral Works Vol.1


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0420

Barcode: 5060113444202

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd May 2019



Bruno Cathomas (speaker)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Rainer Held


Sutermeister, Heinrich

Aubade pour Morges
Die Alpen: Fantasy on Swiss Folksongs
Divertimento no.2
Romeo and Juliet: Symphonic Suite


Bruno Cathomas (speaker)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Rainer Held


Heinrich Sutermeister (1910–95) belongs to the generation of Swiss composers after Bloch, Honegger, Martin and Schoeck. The runaway success of his operatic version of Romeo and Juliet – in the 1950s it was the most widely produced modern opera after Der Rosenkavalier – soon spread his reputation far afield, and conductors as prominent as Böhm, Karajan and Sawallisch championed his works. Although his star has waned in the quarter-century since his death, the four orchestral works recorded here – ranging from the dramatic essay he drew from that first Shakespearean operatic success, via the easy-going charm of two lighter suites, to his deeply felt response to the Swiss landscape – bring a salutary reminder of why his music appeals so directly to its audiences.

This generously filled recording (it’s over 87 minutes in length) is the first in a project where the Swiss conductor Rainer Held will be recording unknown Swiss orchestral repertoire for release on Toccata Classics. Here he conducts the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, one of London’s ‘top four’ independent orchestras.

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