Heinz Holliger

Swiss oboist, composer, and conductor. Born 21 May 1939
Heinz Holliger
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1939-05-21
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Heinz Holliger

Heinz Holliger Biography (BBC)

Probably the most important and versatile contemporary personality in Swiss music - as composer, conductor and the world's most famous oboist - Heinz Holliger lives in Basel but was born in Langenthal, Canton of Bern. While still a schoolboy he studied oboe with Emile Cassagnaud at the Bern Conservatory and composition with the Swiss-domiciled Hungarian composer Sandor Veress.

Subsequently, in Paris, he continued his oboe studies as well as studying piano with Yvonne Lefébure and composition with Pierre Boulez. In 1959, at the age of 20, he became Principal Oboe of the Basel Orchestral Society, and by the early 1960s his extraordinary virtuosity on his instrument had set him on a career as a leading international performing and recording artist. He has won many recording awards, both in his own right and as a duo with his harpist wife Ursula Holliger.

A host of contemporary composers have written works for him, among them Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág, Witold Lutos?awski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Toøru Takemitsu and Isang Yun.

Holliger has also been instrumental in reviving much forgotten oboe music from the Baroque and pre-Classical eras, and is principally responsible for the revival of interest in the music of the Bohemian Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745, whom Holliger has called "the best composer who has ever written for the oboe"). As a soloist Holliger has worked with most of the world's major orchestras, and he has also conducted several of them. For several years he has worked in partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (which he co-founded) as well as with the Ensemble Modern and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has a long-standing association with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, with which he is currently recording a series of CDs devoted to the music of Charles Koechlin.

Holliger has composed in all the principal genres, from opera to orchestral, solo and chamber works, and he has written numerous vocal works, inspired especially by such poets as Holderlin, Trakl, Beckett and Celan. Holliger's intense interest in literature extends into the realm of words, their meanings, associations, power of suggestion and phonetics. In the late 1960s he started to work with sound effects and phonetic elements as compositional material, and came to rely less on absolute pitch; some works also use aspects of the breathing process as either a metaphor or technique for other musical processes.

Among his principal works are Siebengesang for oboe, orchestra, voices and loudspeakers (1966-7), Pneuma for wind instruments, percussion, organ and radios (1970), Not I, a monodrama for soprano and tape to a text by Samuel Beckett (1978-80), the remarkable Scardanelli-Zyklus (1975-91) for voices and instruments based on the late poems written by Holderlin in his madness, and the opera Schneewittchen (1997) after Robert Walser. Holliger has been increasingly interested in setting texts in Swiss-German dialects such as Pumatter Titsch, resulting in such works as Alb-Chehr and Puneigš. He was Composer-in-Residence of the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande for 1993-4, and of the Lucerne Festival in 1998, while in 2003 the Cité de la Musique in Paris dedicated a week of concerts to his works.

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Heinz Holliger Biography (Wikipedia)

Heinz Robert Holliger (born 21 May 1939) is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.

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Heinz Holliger Tracks

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Franz Schubert
Rosamunde (Ballet Music No 2), D797
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Rosamunde (Ballet Music No 2), D797
Anton Webern
Langsamer Satz
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Langsamer Satz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oboe Concerto in C major (K.285d/314a)
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Oboe Concerto in C major (K.285d/314a)

Oboe Concerto in C major (K.285d/314a)

Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra of Austrian Radio
Franz Schubert
Overture (Rosamunde, D644)
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Overture (Rosamunde, D644)
Franz Schubert
Die Zauberharfe overture, D.644
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Die Zauberharfe overture, D.644
Robert Schumann
The Bride of Messina, Op 100
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The Bride of Messina, Op 100
Domenico Cimarosa
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C major
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Concerto for Oboe and Strings in C major
Emmanuel Chabrier
Bourree Fantasque
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Bourree Fantasque
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Concerto à 5 in C major, Op 7 No 2
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Concerto à 5 in C major, Op 7 No 2
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Concerto à 5 in F major, Op 9 No 3
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Concerto à 5 in F major, Op 9 No 3
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Trio Sonata No 5 in F major (1st mvt)
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Trio Sonata No 5 in F major (1st mvt)
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Trio Sonata No 5 in F major (3rd mvt)
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Trio Sonata No 5 in F major (3rd mvt)
Arnold Schoenberg
Chamber Symphony no.1
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Chamber Symphony no.1
Ignaz Moscheles
Concertante in F major for flute, oboe and orchestra
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Concertante in F major for flute, oboe and orchestra
Robert Schumann
The Bride of Messina: Overture
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The Bride of Messina: Overture
Erwin Schulhoff
Selections from Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
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Selections from Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Charles Koechlin
On distant waves
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On distant waves
Ludwig August Lebrun
Oboe Concerto No 3 in C major (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Concerto No 3 in C major (3rd mvt)
Charles Koechlin
Vers La Voute Etoilee - Symphonic Poem Op.129
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Vers La Voute Etoilee - Symphonic Poem Op.129
Franz Liszt
Nuages Gris, S.199
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Nuages Gris, S.199
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, BWV 1060
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Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, BWV 1060
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047
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Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047
François Couperin
Concert Royal No 3 in A major
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Concert Royal No 3 in A major
Arthur Benjamin
Oboe Concerto in C minor
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Oboe Concerto in C minor
Josef Fiala
Cor anglais concerto in E flat major
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Cor anglais concerto in E flat major
Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Contrasts (Kontraste)
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Contrasts (Kontraste)
Charles Koechlin
Les Bandar-Log
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Les Bandar-Log
Claude Debussy
Khamma (orch. Koechlin)
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Khamma (orch. Koechlin)
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Trio Sonata no.6 in C minor (2nd mvt: Allegro)
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Trio Sonata no.6 in C minor (2nd mvt: Allegro)
Arthur Benjamin
Oboe Concerto in C minor on themes of Domenico Cimarosa
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Oboe Concerto in C minor on themes of Domenico Cimarosa
George Frideric Handel
Oboe concerto in G minor, HWV.287 (1st mvt: Grave)
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Oboe concerto in G minor, HWV.287 (1st mvt: Grave)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio and Rondo in C minor K.617
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Adagio and Rondo in C minor K.617
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet in E flat major K.452
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Quintet in E flat major K.452
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2003: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
2003-07-21T12:36:21
21
Jul
2003

Proms 2003: Prom 05

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1989: Prom 30
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Royal Albert Hall
1989-08-15T12:36:21
15
Aug
1989

Proms 1989: Prom 30

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1981: Prom 38
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Royal Albert Hall
1981-08-25T12:36:21
25
Aug
1981

Proms 1981: Prom 38

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1979: Prom 18
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Royal Albert Hall
1979-08-08T12:36:21
8
Aug
1979

Proms 1979: Prom 18

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1978: Prom 25
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Royal Albert Hall
1978-08-16T12:36:21
16
Aug
1978

Proms 1978: Prom 25

Royal Albert Hall

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