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Ensemble Aventure: Klein, Krasa, Haas & Schulhoff

 
 
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Ensemble Aventure.
Label Ars Musici
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 63'38/2009
UPC 4011222321756
Daedalus Item Code 46008
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"If this disc were simply a collection of 20th Century European pieces, it would be remarkable enough, because it is beautiful and exquisitely performed" wrote American Record Guide of this 1994 release by the Fribourg-based group Ensemble Aventure. Newly reissued, it brought to light music by four composers who were victims of the Holocaust.

"In the years to come several of these pieces would be booked in the studio again and again by other artists: the Klein Piano Sonata, the Pavel Haas Suite for oboe and piano, and the Schulhoff Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass…. [The latter] is certainly the most captivating and rhythmically involving work on the disc; like Krása's Fünf Lieder, Op. 4, it dates from the 1920s…. Haas' Suite for oboe and piano is one of the most melodious, emotive, and thoughtful chamber works for oboe written in the 20th century. Soprano Gabriele Kniesel and baritone Ulf Bästlein do a superb job of negotiating the tough voice parts in the vocal works on the program…. A terrific selection, particularly for listeners unfamiliar with these composers who want to dip a toe into the water."—All Music Guide

"Then there is the remarkable Chamber Music for Harpsichord and Seven Instruments by Hans Krasa. Written in 1935, it has the same sort of irony, tunefulness, and jazz references as Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. Part of the charm is in the scoring for three clarinets, saxophone, trumpet, cello, and double bass—plus harpsichord, which sounds immediately amusing when it plays anything modern-sounding. The first of two movements is glib, wacky, an anything-can-happen sort of thing. II takes a melancholy song that was popular in mid-30s Prague and becomes more and more dreamy. The final solo by saxophonist Andreas Stark is soft and quite sad. Hans Krasa was killed at Auschwitz in 1944."—American Record Guide

 
 
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