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Albums by Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth & Camerata Bern

Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Konzerte und Sinfonien für Oboe
Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis

Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth & Camerata Bern

Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal, Switzerland, in the canton of Bern. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. He took first prize for oboe at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1959, eventually becoming one of the world's most esteemed oboists; composers who have written works for him include Frank Martin, Olivier Messiaen, Witold Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki and Isang Yun. Holliger was also instrumental in the rediscovery of works by 18th-century composers Zelenka and Lebrun. As a composer, Holliger's oeuvre covers genres from orchestral, solo and chamber music to stage works and vocal pieces; he has won many prizes, from the Siemens Music Award in 1991 to the first Zurich Festival Award in 2007. Many of his compositions have been recorded by ECM, on albums including “Lieder ohne Worte” (2000), Scardanelli-Zyklus (vocal works after Hölderlin, 2000), “Schneewittchen” ("Snow White," opera, 2001), “Violinkonzert” (2004) and “Romancendres” (2009). As a conductor, he recorded an ECM album of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's music titled “Canto di speranza”, in addition to leading recordings of his own works. As an oboist, he has recorded music for ECM by the likes of Zelenka, Schumann, Veress, Carter and Isang Yun.

In Europe, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” is issued simultaneously with an album of Holliger’s music, “Induulchen” (ECM New Series 2201). The two releases follow on from three earlier New Series discs in 2011 with Holliger’s music and/or participation: Alexander Lonquich recorded Holliger’s “Partita” alongside Schumann’s “Kreisleriana”; the album “Manto and Madrigals” featured “Drei Skizzen” from Holliger written especially for Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius; and Jörg Widmann’s album “Elegie” found the resourceful Holliger in his first recording as a pianist, duetting with clarinettist/composer Widmann on “Fünf Bruchstücke”.

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