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TOCH: Piano Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 2 / Burlesken / 3 Impromptus

Composer(s):Toch, Ernst
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559324
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


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 selftaught 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.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,April 2008

Few composers who frequently change their style have passed into musical posterity, and it may well be a factor that will stand in the way of our appreciation in a retrospect of Ernst Toch’s output. Born to Viennese parents in 1887, he had survived their apathy towards his life as a musician and was beginning to establish himself as a composer whose stylistic roots were with Mozart when the First World War broke out. The conclusion of the conflict found Toch in Berlin embracing atonality and becoming a leading modernist. With Hitler’s rise to power he travelled via Paris and London to New York. A brief spell teaching preceded his arrival in Hollywood where he worked as an orchestrator of film scores and became much in demand. That experience seemed to drain



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