With Volume III, the Schweizer Fonogramm label publishes the last of three studio recordings of the complete symphonic works of Joseph Lauber (1864 – 1952). The Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn under its principal conductor Kaspar Zehnder has thus presented a world premiere recording of the highest quality.
With the two middle symphonies – the Fourth (1913) and the Fifth (1918) – the rediscovery journey in the footsteps of the forgotten Swiss composer Joseph Lauber enters its final round: although he did not turn his work into a confession in the period around the First World War and remained in the traditional four-movement form, Lauber surprises in both works: With odd time signatures, exotic instrumentation (xylophone, tambourine…), with a wealth of melodic allusions – and even inserts a carillon melody that he claims to have heard while skiing in the Valais. A symphonist between the worlds and between the cultures – in the sense of sound a Frenchman, in the motivic design German and in the emotional internalisation thoroughly Swiss. The Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn plays under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder. . The artistic direction of the recording was provided by Frédéric Angleraux, ADCSound. (Media release Schweizer Fonogramm , 28.3.202