HANS SCHAEUBLE (1906-1988): Symphony for Strings and Timpani, Op. 27 "In memoriam", HERMANN HALLER (1914-2002): Abschied for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 59 (Barbara Böhl [soprano]), WLADIMIR VOGEL (1896-1984): Abschied, VWV 1, FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974): Pavane couleur de temps, JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No. 45 in F Sharp Minor "Farewell".
Catalogue Number: 03M010
Reference: GMCD 7342
Description: Although Haller's and Vogel's "farewell" pieces date from the 1970s (or perhaps because they do), they are tinged with a nostalgic expressionism which must recall their exciting youthful discoveries of widened musical horizons; the unearthly soprano part in Haller (too bad no texts are provided and, in the English note, not a word about the poet or the poem) floats on an early-Schoebergian atonality that is magical. Schaeuble's two-movement, 18-minute work originated in a massive four-movement symphony from 1943-44. Excerpted and recomposed a few times down to 1977, we have a sort of distilled in memoriam piece which (tonally) seems to express the composer's sense of displacement and angst, having left Germany in 1942 and faced baseless charges of being pro-Nazi when arriving back in Switzerland. Camerata Zürich; Marc Kissóczy.