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But in Puneiga Holliger’s hyperactive, explosive music ensures an immediate and lasting impact. Sylvia Nopper (soprano) and the Swiss Chamber Soloists are fine, sure-footed performers. Scored for a countertenor (the excellent Kai Wessel) and a natural horn player (Olivier Darbellay), who also has to sing, Induuchlen is an evocative, haunting exercise in studied virtuosity and expanded sound fields.
Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times

Holligers Liederzyklen halten eine wunderbare Balance zwischen Geräusch und Ton, spielen virtuos mit den poetischen Möglichkeiten der Instrumente und, wie im Fall von “Induuchlen”, der außergewöhnlichen Besetzung. Das Klangerlebnis erhält etwas unverkennbar gebirgiges, schroff einerseits und karg, rätselhaft verknappt, andererseits aber auch vielfältig und abwechslungsreich in den Farbspielen und Panoramen, die vor dem inneren Auge geöffnet werden. […] I “Wie ein Naturlaut“ – aber unverkennbar durch die Ohren eines Zeitgenossen gehört, gefiltert, meisterhaft verarbeitet und virtuos interpretiert.
Tobias Roth, Klassik.com

Although best known for his oboe playing, Swiss Heinz Holliger is also an accomplished composer, as well as conductor. Here from new music specialist label, ECM, is a selection of his chamber music; it’s one of only three CDs devoted entirely to Holliger’s work. Well-performed and well-recorded this is nicely produces, and should be snapped up by lovers of contemporary music. Holliger’s music is distinctive and full of character and beauty. This CD does him proud! […] The four substantive works are ones which have connections, have aspects in common and reference one another, albeit in oblique ways and ways about which you have to be informed to appreciate. At the same time, each is its own work; each answers chiefly to itself. The achievement of Holliger as conductor and the Swiss Chamber Soloists is to have struck the balance between these two extremes very successfully: they obviously know the body of Holliger’s work well enough to make the necessary links… the ways in which wind instruments are used for example. At the same time they enter into the very particular sound-world of each piece sufficiently deeply and well as to provide convincing and highly satisfying performances.
Mark Sealey, Music web international

Holliger folgt dem fremden, archaischen Klang dieser Dialektworte Herzschlag um Herzschlag zwischen Beklemmung und Aufbegehren, Schweben und Todesahnung.
Franz Cavigelli, NZZ am Sonntag

Induuchlen, for counter tenor and horn, consistently blurs identities and inverts almost any norms you care to mention. The flighty Peuneigä, with its own world of unorthodox sounds, is almost hyperactive by comparison. If you´ve ever wondered where the theatricality of Ligeti´s 1960s Aventures might have gone, here it is. The two ensemble pieces that top and tail the collection, Toronto-Exercises (2005) and Ma´mounia (written as a competition test piece in 2002), are in the same mould.
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

Heinz Holliger zeigt sich fasziniert vom Kleinen, Naheliegenden, Ursprünglichen. In der Zentralschweiz und im Wallis suchte er nach Spuren einer nur scheinbar verloren gegangenen Naturmusik. Der Naturgesang und mit ihm das stark präsente Horn generieren wie von selbst das Urchige, allerdings in zeitgemäßem neuen Kleid. Wo nun der Begriff der “swissness” bald unersetzbar zum täglichen Diskurs zählt, sehen sich diese beiden CDs an der vorderen Front einer künstlerischen Befragung der Ursprünge, der kulturellen Werte, die es zu erhalten und zu beleben gilt.
Urs Berger, Biel-Benkemer Dorf-Zytig

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