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Toch: Piano Quintet, Violin Sonata no 2, Burlesken, Impromptus, / Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Album Summary

>Toch, Ernst : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 44
>Toch, Ernst : Burlesken for piano, Op. 31
>Toch, Ernst : Impromptus (3), for cello, Op. 90c
>Toch, Ernst : Piano Quintet, Op. 64
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Notes & Reviews:

Since 1997 Spectrum Concerts Berlin has made an important contribution to the growing recognition and appreciation of Ernst Toch's unique musical voice. One of the most neglected 20th-century composers, and a noted teacher and writer on musical composition, Toch was a self-taught modernist who learned music's fundamentals from the Mozart string quartets. This rare recording of Toch's solo and chamber music features the powerful and defiantly vivid Piano Quintet (1938), written in Hollywood following the composer's escape to the USA, and the poignantly melancholy Violin Sonata No. 2 (1928), a product of Toch's Berlin years when his music was regularly performed to appreciative audiences.

Classical Net
The performers all do well. Daniel Blumenthal... is the driving engine of most of the works here. The string players are superb chamber partners... Frank Dodge on cello stands out... for his large musical intelligence, not only in the Impromptus, but in the Quintet as well. Of course, there Toch gives the cello and the piano the best opportunities to shine. Blumenthal and Dodge make the most of them. Highly recommended...



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Works Details

>Toch, Ernst : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 44
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (05/04/2007-05/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Toch, Ernst : Burlesken for piano, Op. 31
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (05/04/2007-05/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Toch, Ernst : Impromptus (3), for cello, Op. 90c
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (05/04/2007-05/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Toch, Ernst : Piano Quintet, Op. 64
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Notes: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (12/20/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938