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Six to Seven: Schulhoff, Strauss / Hyperion Ensemble

Album Summary

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos
>Strauss, Richard : Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Six to Seven, the follow-up album to 2011's Five to Six, contains compositions from Erwin Schulhoff and Richard Strauss. String Sextet and Metamorphosen are two works that were written as a reaction to personal experiences of war; Schulhoff served in the Italian army in World War I, and Strauss experienced the destruction of his hometown, "his world," in World War II. The Hyperion Ensemble has been critically praised for their expressive performances, and they are regularly invited to perform across Europe.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen is played in the septet arrangement by Rudolf Leopold. Of the several other performances of this arrangement, I know only the one with the Nash Ensemble. That is fine but soft in tone and not all that intense compared to the Hyperion, which is more sharply defined, richer, and more gripping and dramatic. Paladino gives Hyperion more powerful and effective sound, as well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Konrad Church, Abersee (1997).



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Works Details

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos
  • Ensemble: Hyperion Ensemble (String Sextet)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1924

>Strauss, Richard : Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142
  • Ensemble: Hyperion Ensemble (String Sextet)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945