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  • Gottlieb Wallisch, piano

This acclaimed edition covering the early 20th century’s fashionable wave of hot dance music from America into Europe now takes us to Switzerland. One luxury hotel owner was able to boast that ‘only here, and at the Savoy Hotel in London, can you hear real jazz’. The trend for hotel bands spread its influence to all corners of ‘light’ and ‘classical’ musical culture, and Switzerland, as a popular destination for international travel, became an epicentre for this worldwide dance fever. 20th Century Foxtrots • 5 presents more evocative piano rarities from this Golden Age, performed with panache and grace by Gottlieb Wallisch.


Moeschinger, Albert
Tallula, eine Foxtrott-Fantasie (1943) (00:03:59)
Farewell Blues (1920) (00:03:46)
Berr, José
Marie, Foxtrot (1924) (00:01:46)
One-Step über 2 Schweizermelodien, "Der Schweizerknabe - Thurgauerlied" (1926) (00:01:50)
Lang, Walter
Olé olé!: Sueños de España, 3 preisgekrönte Tänze: No. 2. Dolderilla Fox-Trot (Charleston) (1928) (00:01:55)
Beck, Conrad
2 Tanzstücke (1928) (00:07:00 )
No. 1. Boston (abridged version) (00:01:46)
No. 2. Foxtrot (00:02:51)
Marescotti, André-François
Esquisses, Series 1: No. 3. Nègre au clair de lune (1924) (00:01:57)
Esquisses, Series 2 (1925) (00:03:00 )
No. 1. Virtuose de rue (00:01:06)
No. 2. Bluette (00:00:56)
Croquis, Series 1: No. 1. Blue Girls (1944) (00:01:22)
Flury, Richard
Halottria-Fox-Trot, "Fox-Trot No. 1" (1929) (00:02:32)
Fox-Trot No. 2 (1929) (00:02:12)
Die alte Truhe: Tango (arr. U.J. Flury for piano) (1945) (00:01:52)
Burkhard, Paul
Slow-Fox (1930) (00:01:26)
Tango for Piano (1934) (00:03:04)
Mieg, Peter
La fête de la ligne (1935) (00:04:00 )
English Valtz (00:01:57)
Tango (00:01:33)
Jaques-Dalcroze, Émile
3 Entrées dansantes: No. 3. Le fox-trot angoissé (1924) (00:02:17)
Honegger, Arthur
Marthe Richard au service de la France, H. 110: Tango de Charlotte (version for piano) (1937) (00:01:41)
Le journal tombe à 5 heures, H. 156 (version for piano) (1942) (00:07:00 )
Blues (00:01:43)
Villa Rabaud (00:02:26)
Tango (00:02:32)
Roesgen-Champion, Marguerite
4 Petites pièces (1946) (00:03:00 )
No. 1. Jimmy-Blue (00:02:12)
No. 2. Daisy (00:01:13)
Tango (1937) () (00:02:45)
Gerber, René
6 Pieces, Book 4: No. 1. Slow-fox (1955) (00:01:39)
Zbinden, Julien-François
Jazz-Sonatine, Op. 11 (1950) (00:09:00 )
I. Blues (00:05:31)
II. Improvisation (00:03:41)
Flury, Urs Joseph
Promenaden-Suite: VIII. Foxtrot (version for piano) (1987) (00:01:31)
Total Time: 01:07:01

The Artist(s)

Gottlieb Wallisch Born in Vienna, Gottlieb Wallisch first appeared on the concert platform when he was seven years old, and at the age of twelve made his debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. A concert directed by Yehudi Menuhin in 1996 launched Wallisch’s international career: accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia, the seventeen-year-old pianist performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Since then Wallisch has received invitations to the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich, the NCPA in Beijing, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Festivals of Lucerne and Salzburg, December Nights in Moscow, and the Singapore Arts Festival. Conductors with whom he has performed as a soloist include Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Neville Marriner, Dennis Russell Davies, Kirill Petrenko, Louis Langrée, Lawrence Foster, Christopher Hogwood, Martin Haselböck and Bruno Weil. Orchestras he has performed with include the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Budapest, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

The Composer(s)

A pupil of Volkmar Andreae’s in Zurich was Conrad Beck, who went on to specialise in Paris with Jacques Ibert. During his stay in Paris, a member of the École de Paris, Beck wrote the Zwei Tanzstücke (‘Two Dance Pieces’, published by Schott, 1928).
José Berr, a German-born and educated composer and conductor (studies in Munich with Thuille and Rheinberger), was linked to Busoni and his circle in Zurich. Here he ran his own private conservatory for 30 years, where he had Czesław Marek among the teachers. He composed mainly operas, but also chamber music, music for solo piano and three ballets.
Paul Burkhard The Zurich-born Paul Burkhard composed foxtrots and tangos as a kind of preparation, if one can call it that, for his real career as an author of operettas and musical comedies, some of which were enormously successful in the German-speaking world.
Richard Flury The violinist: Richard Flury was a composer with a neo-Romantic bent but with a penchant for unexpected rhythmic developments.
Urs Joseph Flury
René Gerber was a pupil of Volkmar Andreae in Zurich and then opted, like many of his French-speaking colleagues, for a comparison with French teachers, including Paul Dukas, Pierre Dupont and Nadia Boulanger. He thus underwent a definitive influence in the direction of French clarity and the well-defined, diatonic structures favoured by neo-Classicism. He was director of the Neuchâtel Conservatory until 1951, when he retired to devote himself to his own art gallery and composition. Gerber was a prolific orchestral composer and also wrote two operas, a genre little frequented by Swiss composers.
Arthur Honegger Swiss by nationality, Arthur Honegger was born and died in France, and was for a time associated with the group of Paris composers known as Les Six, although they were not bound together by ideals such as those of The Five in 19th-century Russia. Honegger was a prolific composer in many genres, writing for the theatre and concert hall, as well as for the cinema.
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze is best remembered today for his development of Eurhythmics which teaches the appreciation of music through movement. Jaques-Dalcroze was a composer of considerable stature in his own right, with a prolific output for piano. A pupil of Delibes and Fauré in Paris, but also of Bruckner and Fuchs in Vienna, he focused his musical practice and pedagogy on certain elements that it had in common with jazz, including of course variations in rhythm and (at least in dance) improvisation.
A composition pupil of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and Volkmar Andreae, Walter Lang worked as a teacher at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, in Basel and in Hellerau, but was above all a pianist and composer.
André-François Marescotti, from Carouge, trained at the Geneva Conservatory, who was a pupil of Jean Roger-Ducasse in Paris, could also belong to the same school. His music draws on models such as Chabrier, Ravel, Debussy, by his own admission.
Peter Mieg Peter Mieg was a composer and painter from Lenzburg, Argovia. Mieg’s music is a personal form of neo-Classicism, where his Parisian training is evident, to which he also owes his friendship with Arthur Honegger, Alexander Tcherepnin and Bohuslav Martinů.
Albert Moeschinger Born in Basel, a pupil of Paul Graener in Leipzig and Walter Courvoisier in Munich, Albert Moeschinger worked a few seasons as a pianist in cafés in various locations, including the Kleine Scheidegg opposite the Eiger.
Marguerite Roesgen-Champion Marguerite Roesgen-Champion was a pupil of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and Ernst Bloch in Geneva, but made a career in Paris, where she moved in 1926, active as a teacher and instrumentalist (both harpsichordist and pianist). Perhaps the first Swiss female composer of international importance, she still awaits a revival of her compositions (she tried almost all genres except opera).
Julien-François Zbinden Julien-François Zbinden was a great improviser on the piano and accompanist to international vedettes. Zbinden was a pupil in Lausanne of pianist Marie Panthès and later of his friend René Gerber. From the moment of his coup de foudre, at the age of 15, with jazz music, his career was divided: he continued to compose classical music, influenced by the aesthetics of Stravinsky, Ravel and Honegger, but at the same time continued to work as a jazz improviser, as a ‘bar pianist’ (according to his definition) and later as a pianist and producer for the Lausanne radio station.


“The pieces are played with ravishing verve and much humour by the Viennese pianist Gottlieb Wallisch.” – Schweizer Musikzeitung