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Press release: October 7, 2002


Music through the centuries with texts by Shakespeare and Co.

Hans-Jürg Rickenbacher, Tenor & Benjamin Bunch, Guitar
(Switzerland) (USA/ Switzerland)

Shakespeare’s words have enchanted, inspired, bewildered and intrigued readers and viewers since their creation. Composers throughout the centuries have found inspirational means in their eras and styles to put to music words which in 400 years have lost none of their intensity and validity.
Presented in this program are extracts from many of Shakespeare’s plays such as Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and others plus texts from his sonnets. Some of the composers are : Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hector Berlioz, Roger Quilter, among others. Americans, Elliott Carter and Amy Beach are also included. The only texts not from the pen of Shakespeare, are some anonymous poems by his contemporaries used by William Walton in his songs Anon. In Love.

Throughout the program solos for guitar by John Dowland, Francis Cutting and others act to enhance and alter the ambiance created by the songs. Commentaries during the concert aid the audience to enter into this enchanting literary and musical world. This new program with Hans-Jürg Rickenbacher and Benjamin Bunch has already met with much succes after having been premiered at the National Expo in Switzerland in the spring of 2002. A recording is planned for early 2003.

Hans-Jürg Rickenbacher
received his music degree from the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, where he now teaches. Thereafter, he continued working in masterclasses with Nicolai Gedda in Stockholm and with Magreet Honig in Amsterdam. With a repertory ranging from Monteverdi to contemporary music, he has performed for radio and television and in recitals, oratorios and operas in Europe, Argentina and USA, with Il Giardino Armonico, Michel Corboz and others.
Radio Notre Dame (Paris) : «His presentation was full of vitality, emotion and depth.»

Benjamin Bunch, from North Carolina, studied at the NC School of the Arts with Jesús Silva, at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Oscar Ghiglia, and with Konrad Ragossnig at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, where he presently teaches while living in Lausanne. He has performed in concert and for radio and television throughout Europe and the USA. In April 2002, he was invited to perform and speak at the first International Heitor Villa-Lobos Symposium in Paris. In June of the same year, he was interviewed by BBC radio. Besides his concert activities, he has arranged approximately 200 works for guitar solo and guitar with voice or other instruments.

Benjamin Bunch has released two solo CDs on the label Et’cetera :
«Piezas de Oro» (KTC 1240) and «Heitor Villa-Lobos and Friends» (KTC 1241)
Stockholm : «The sensibility with which his interpretations were filled demonstrated his mastery of the instrument and of the works performed.»

More information at :

P.O. Box 2431
1002 Lausanne, Switzerland