'Induuchlen', destined surely for cult status, finds Heinz Holliger the creative composer drawing inspiration from arcane Swiss sources, setting the poetry of Anna Maria Bacher who writes in the endangered idiom of "Pummattertisch", and verse by the late Albert Streich, who wrote in Brienz-German. As conductor Holliger draws committed performances from a cast of gifted chamber musicians and singers Sylvia Nopper and Kai Wessel. The results are intriguing, mysterious and strangely beautiful.
Heinz Holliger is one of the most versatile and accomplished musical personalities of our time. Born in Langenthal in 1939, he studied oboe, piano and composition in Bern, Paris and Basel. The recipient of numerous awards (Composers Award of the Schweizer Tonkünstlerverein, Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Music Prize of Frankfurt, and others), Heinz Holliger counts among the most renowned composers in the world today.
Personnel: Sylvia Nopper (soprano), Kai Wessel (countertenor), Felix Renggli (flutes, piccolo), Elmar Schmid (clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet), François Benda (clarinet), Jürg Dähler (violin, viola), Matthias Würsch (marimba, drums, cimbalom), Ursula Holliger (harp), Daniel Haefliger (cello), Olivier Darbellay (horn, natural horn), Bahar Dördüncü (piano), Heinz Holliger (conductor), Albert Streich & Anna Maria Bacher (speakers)
(4 stars) Fine, sure-footed performances...an evocative, haunting exercise in studied virtuosity and expanded sound fields. -- The Sunday Times, (Stephen Pettitt), July 24, 2011
(4 stars) The emphasis is on Holliger the composer, with two contemporary chamber pieces, "Toronto-Exercises" and "Ma'mounia". -- The Independent, (Andy Gill), July 22, 2011
(4 stars) Two remarkable song cycles...Induuchlen is even more extraordinary...I've never heard anything quite like it. -- The Guardian, (Andrew Clements), June 24, 2011
(4 stars) Two song cycles including Induuchlen, a tour de force for countertenor and natural horn. -- BBC Music Magazine, (Paul Riley), November 2011
An absorbing collection from a musician whose inventiveness knows few bounds. -- International Record Review, (Richard Whitehouse), November 2011