Hans Gal and Hans Krasa: Complete String Trios / Ensemble Epomeo

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 41
>Gál, Hans : Trio for violin, viola & cello in F sharp minor, Op. 104
>Krása, Hans : Dance for String trio
>Krása, Hans : Passacaglia and Fugue, for string trio
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Having released numerous world premiere recordings of Hans Gál's symphonic and concertante works to critical acclaim, Avie turns to the composer's chamber music, specifically the two works he wrote for string trio. Performed by Ensemble Epomeo, the world premiere recordings of Gál's Serenade for String Trio, Op. 41 and Trio, Op. 104 are paired with works by Gál's contemporary Hans Krása. The Austrian-born Gál and Czech-born Krása shared a Jewish heritage, but while Gál escaped Nazi oppression, Krása was interred in Theresienstadt then sent to Auschwitz, where he perished in 1944. Tanec and Passacaglia & Fugue were written in the last year of his life.

Founded in 2008 on the slopes of Mount Epomeo at the Festivale di Musica da Camera d'Ischia in Italy, Ensemble Epomeo consists of three virtuosi dedicated to the expansion of the string trio repertoire and exciting, innovative, and engaging approaches to performance. Ensemble Epomeo are quickly becoming a favorite at international music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. This release marks their commercial recording debut.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Ensemble Epomeo plays with finesse and sensitivity, nicely capturing Krasa's manic grotesqueries as well as Gal's elegance and tenderness. Sonics are clear and natural.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England (12/13/2011-12/15/2011).



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Works Details

>Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) : Serenade for violin, viola & cello in D major, Op. 41
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)
  • Notes: Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England (12/13/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) : Trio for violin, viola & cello in F sharp minor, Op. 104
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)
  • Notes: Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England (12/13/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hans Krása (1899 - 1944) : Dance for String trio
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)
  • Notes: Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England (12/13/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hans Krása (1899 - 1944) : Passacaglia and Fugue, for string trio
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)
  • Notes: Millfield School Concert Hall, Somerset, England (12/13/2011-12/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944