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Cantique is the first CD in a three-part series dedicated to works inspired by Swiss painters. The project intends, in a subtle way, to expand the listener's horizon, as an invitation to a journey through an unknown land in which three composers whose respective aesthetics differ greatly -- Max Reger, Ernest Bloch, and Andreas Pflüger -- seem to observe and speak to each other. Cantique is the result of an artistic collaboration that began in 2013 between Swiss cellist Estelle Revaz and Orchestre Musique des Lumières, conducted by Facundo Agudin. The program has been performed on tour in Basel, Delémont, Geneva, and in La Chaux-de-Fonds, where the present recording was made by RTS SRF 2 Kultur and Neos. This document gives no answers, but rather encourages the listener to look through new lenses. Revaz, born in 1989, began her international career at an early age. After initial studies in her homeland, she studied with Jérôme Pernoo at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. She then perfected her studies under the experienced guidance of world-famous soloist Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Revaz has since received a series of major prizes, been supported by numerous foundations, and performed throughout Europe and South America. Facundo Agudin is an Argentine-Swiss conductor. He received his training in Buenos Aires, completed a post-graduate study program at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and sang in the Swiss Chamber Choir under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Armin Jordan, Simon Rattle, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Valery Gergiev. In 2007, Agudin was awarded the First Prize at the Colin Metters International Seminar. He is the artistic director of the Orchestre Musique des Lumières and guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Argentina.