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Hugo Kaun (1863-1932): Chamber Music - Octet, Op. 26; String Quintet, Op. 28; Piano Quintet, Op. 39 / Berolina Ensemble

Album Summary

>Kaun, Hugo : Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 39
>Kaun, Hugo : Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola violoncello and double bass Op. 26 in F major
>Kaun, Hugo : Quintet for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos in F sharp major, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

Hugo Kaun? Never heard of him! During his lifetime, however, the Berlin-born Kaun enjoyed considerable success as a composer and as an esteemed choir director - though in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, far from the capitals of European music culture. The Berolina Ensemble is now initiating his long-overdue rediscovery.

His Octet, Piano Quintet, and String Quintet No. 1 display an independent character skillfully bringing together the traditions of German romantic music to form a very original expressive style.

In the U.S. Kaun lent his support to the cultivation of these traditions. Kaun's support of the works of Brahms and Bruckner motivated the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to occupy itself more thoroughly with these masters, who had not yet become popular favorites in the New World.

Kaun returned to his native Germany in 1902 and initially had to cope with many a disappointing setback. It was only gradually that he obtained success, and with time his oratorio oeuvre in particular gained great popularity.

The Berolina Ensemble successfully revives this music - very much to the pleasure of their listeners, who find themselves right in the midst of tonal things on this Super Audio CD.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-12-08&2013-12-11&2015-).



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>Kaun, Hugo : Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 39
  • Performers: John Doig (Violin); David Gorol (Violin); Mathias Johansen (Cello); Viller Valbonesi (Piano); Dorian Wetzel (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-12-08&2013-12-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Kaun, Hugo : Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola violoncello and double bass Op. 26 in F major :: L
  • Performers: Avishai Chameides (Viola); Bertrand Chatenet (Horn); David Gorol (Violin); Rolf Jansen (Double Bass); Justus Mache (Bassoon); Mischa Meyer (Cello); Friederike Roth (Clarinet); Magdalena Schnaithmann (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-12-08&2013-12-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Kaun, Hugo : Quintet for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos in F sharp major, Op. 28
  • Performers: Avishai Chameides (Viola); David Gorol (Violin); Arthur Hornig (Cello); Mischa Meyer (Cello); Magdalena Schnaithmann (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Berolina Ensemble
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-12-08&2013-12-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic