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Paul Giger

ars moriendi

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Release Date: August 19, 2022

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1 Guggisberglied (LocheZen)  
2 Agony I (Atmosphere)  
3 Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639  
4 Agony II (Sechzigplus)  
5 Sonate IV c-Moll BWV 1017 - Largo  
6 Zauerli mit Migrationshintergrund  
7 Matthaus-Passion BWV 244 - Erbarme dich  
8 Agony III (Die bosen Mutter)  
9 Pert Em Hru - Altus solo II  
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In the late Middle Ages, a literary genre of devotional books illustrated with woodcuts flourished under the name ‘ars moriendi’. They gave instructions on how to 'die well'. The purpose of this tradition was to attune the soul to the 'art of dying' in order to save it for eternity. Music is also an ars moriendi, an exercise in the "becoming" of a note, of "being" in sound and of "passing" into silence – or into an inner reverberation.    – Paul Giger 

"Becoming – Being – Passing" – this is the name of the tryptichon by the Tyrolean painter Giovanni Segantini, which served violinist and composer Paul Giger as an important source of inspiration for the music on ars moriendi. The theme of transience runs through this programme like a thread and combines Bach compositions with original pieces and music influenced by traditional Swiss folk in equal parts. Much of the programme was written in connection with the film about the painter, Giovanni Segantini – Magie des Lichts, and was recorded in the Chiesa Bianca, Maloja, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. On the album, Giger is joined by Marie-Louise Dähler on harpsichord, Pudi Lehmann on gongs and percussion, and alto Franz Vizthum as well as the Carmina Quartett to form a chamber ensemble. 

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