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Norbert von Hannenheim (1898-1945): Works for Viola & Piano / Aida-Carmen Doanea, viola; Igor Kamenz, piano

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Blinded by racial fanaticism, the insane musical policy of the Nazis murdered, in concentration camps, or sent into exile, not only Jewish composers. It also stopped the careers of promising artists in a way, that any memory of them was almost completely extinguished. One of such tragic cases was the destiny of composer Norbert von Hannenheim. Arnold Schonberg thought of him as "... one of the most interesting and talented pupils... " In 1932 Hannenhiem won a Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Prize. He was German, but as he composed atonal music, he got under the curse of so called "degenerated music." As his complete oeuvre was practically destroyed, his life changed tragically. After suffering a schizophrenic attack he was committed to a mental institution. He survived the war, but died tragically in 1945. By pure chance some of his works have been rediscovered. The source was a festival in 2001 called "Berlin School-Arnold Schonberg's Master students at the Prussian Academy of the Arts of Berlin." The five works for viola represent a large part of it. Aida-Carmen Soaenea, an eclectic and charismatic violist, won first prize at the 2005 Bucchi Viola Competition in Rome. The accolades she earned in Moscow in 2000 at the Bashmet viola competition and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Foundation in Germany had already established her as one of the most formidable talents of her generation.


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