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Voices in the Wilderness: Works by Hans Gál and Ernst Krenek / Roger Benedict, viola; Timothy Young, piano

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Sonata for viola & piano in A major, Op. 101
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 117
>Gál, Hans : Impromptu for viola & piano
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 92/3
>Gál, Hans : Suite for viola & piano, Op. 102a
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Notes & Reviews:

Gál and Krenek were composers born in the right place at the wrong time. Just as both were reaching creative maturity they were forced into exile from Nazi Germany: Gál reviled as a Jew and Krenek's music banned and denounced as 'degenerate'. Both were inextricably linked to the great musical traditions of their Viennese birthplace but in very different ways. All the works on this recording date from the 1940s when the two composers were taking their first steps on new soil; Gál in Britain where he was to co-found the Edinburgh Festival and Krenek to Los Angeles USA where he was never to recapture the notoriety generated by his opera Jonny Spielt Auf.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
I'm very impressed with Roger Benedict, who serves as the principal violist of the Sidney Symphony and teaches at the Sydney Conservatory. He and Timothy Young, who is the head of piano at the Australian Academy of Music, have given us something very special in this recording. The music on this recording is available. I imagine that the quality of this recording will inspire other violists to study and perform these pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-).



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>Gál, Hans : Sonata for viola & piano in A major, Op. 101
  • Performers: Roger Benedict (Viola); Timothy Young (Piano)
  • Notes: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town Hall (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 117
  • Performers: Roger Benedict (Viola); Timothy Young (Piano)
  • Notes: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town Hall (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/1948

>Gál, Hans : Impromptu for viola & piano
  • Performers: Roger Benedict (Viola); Timothy Young (Piano)
  • Notes: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town Hall (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for solo viola, Op. 92/3
  • Performer: Roger Benedict (Viola)
  • Notes: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town Hall (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Gál, Hans : Suite for viola & piano, Op. 102a
  • Performers: Roger Benedict (Viola); Timothy Young (Piano)
  • Notes: Australian National Music Academy, South Melbourne Town Hall (2013-06-28_2013-06-30&2013-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1949