Desde su creación en 1933, la Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) y su filosofía de trabajo no han perdido ni un ápice de actualidad. Fundada por Paul Sacher y algunos colaboradores cercanos, esta escuela superior de música antigua (desde 2008 parte de la Escuela Superior de Ciencia Aplicada del Noroeste de Suiza) ha conservado sus aspectos singulares desde entonces. Desde sus inicios, la SCB ha sido punto de encuentro de músicos que han influido enormemente en el devenir de la interpretación historicista, con repertorio que abarca desde la Edad Media hasta el siglo XIX.
Gracias a la estrecha colaboración entre músicos y científicos, la investigación, la formación práctica, el mundo del concierto y las publicaciones se relacionan entre sí de forma constante. La SCB opera con un concepto de la música muy amplio, basado en un planteamiento que explora el contexto histórico de la producción musical del pasado y lo acerca al oyente de nuestros días a través de interpretaciones que le resulten inspiradoras. A ello contribuye a menudo la fascinación por lo previamente desconocido. Las producciones discográficas auspiciadas por la SCB juegan un papel determinante a la hora de difundir estos proyectos y sus intérpretes por todo el mundo. Desde 1980, alrededor de 75 grabaciones han sido publicadas por diversos sellos. Desde 2010, estas producciones fonográficas son editadas por Glossa.
The release of a new recording from La Morra is always an exciting moment for creative and imaginative artistry, not just within the realms of late medieval and early renaissance music. With a disc focusing on the 15th-century composer Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, in a production from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the ensemble is set to repeat its happy knack of alighting upon an area of largely untravelled repertory and preparing an enjoyably fascinating programme from it. [read more...]
Two former students of the Schola Cantorum in Basle, both now captivating audiences each with their individual violinistic artistry, Amandine Beyer and Leila Schayegh, join forces for a new Schola Cantorum Basiliensis recording devoted to the trio sonata music of Antonio Caldara, and issued with Glossa. [read more...]
So taken was Anthony Rooley with his discovery of William Hayes’s extended Ode, The Passions (a Schola Cantorum Basiliensis production from Glossa in 2010) that this legendary explorer of any worthwhile music which lies languishing in oblivion set about assessing and assimilating the music of the Six Cantatas Set to Musick (from 1748) and the Ode, Orpheus and Euridice (1735) by the same English composer. Our complete musician (scholar, conductor, teacher, writer, lutenist...) then proceeded to enthuse and train his students at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. This new album of these examples of small-scale secular vocal music from the late English Baroque is the result; yet more fascinating finds that have been unearthed by the knowledgeable but discerning musician-scholar that is Anthony Rooley, and testament also to the SCB’s capacity to embrace all necessary aspects of a musical project such as this, from research and study to performance and beyond. This is a cause to celebrate and to enjoy: not only do we have Anthony Rooley leading a team of singers and instrumentalists from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, but it is in secular vocal music of the Georgian Baroque today; music composed on secular texts in the English language – and not by that sometimes overpowering figure of the time, Georg Friedrich Handel! For another extended interview here Anthony Rooley reflects on the life and times of William Hayes, the composer’s music and recording this in the 21st century. [read more...]
It is not only discerning music lovers around the globe who are giving a warm welcome to the recordings which are being published on Glossa; critical approval in the specialist media has been joining in as well. One example of the latter is the newly-instigated International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) which, for its inaugural 2011 edition, has chosen no less than nine of Glossa’s recent releases in its initial nominations. [read more...]
There could be no neater way of expressing how the educational aims of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis can be realized today than the recent recording on Glossa of The Passions by William Hayes, with a member of the faculty in Anthony Rooley conducting choral and orchestral forces drawn from the Schola and with soloists who have been students there (or who also teach there like Evelyn Tubb). [read more...]
Central to the research into and the performance of early music since the beginnings of the renewed interest into music from previous centuries the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) remains an extraordinary powerhouse of talent ranging over music from the early Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Today its pupils are legion, as too are its teachers, amply fulfilling the aspirations of Paul Sacher when he founded the institution in Switzerland in 1933. In an agreement recently made between Glossa and the SCB fresh new life is being breathed into the desire to bring the fruits of all this musical activity to a much wider worldwide audience through recordings. [read more...]