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American Classics - Toch: Tanz-suite, Cello Concerto

Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernst Toch
Performer:  Stacey WattonPriya MitchellLars W. Van den OudenweijerDaniel Tummes,   ... 
Conductor:  Thomas Carroll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two works on this disc date from the early to mid 1920s and very much belong to the "new objectivity" of composers such as Weill and early Hindemith. Indeed, when listening to the Cello Concerto, the latter's Kammermusik series comes readily to mind. The Dance Suite, inventively scored for flute, clarinet, violins, viola, double bass, and percussion, is quite a substantial piece as well, lasting nearly half an hour and featuring a typically manic, highly stylized take on theoretically popular music. Both works are extremely acerbic harmonically, often verging on atonality, but at the same time quite recognizably melodic and often shot through with a curiously haunting, bittersweet lyricism.

In short, these
Read more works are very much redolent of their time and place, and if the period or the idiom interests you, then so will these very polished and well recorded performances. There's really nothing more that needs to be said: the players are uniformly fine, with cellist Christian Poltéra making the concerto sound as close to effortless as it probably ever can. The music may be gnarly, but it's also highly virtuosic and often fun (particularly in the Dance Suite), and this latter quality comes through quite effectively. In sum, this is a fine disc, but one for specialized tastes.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Dance Suite, Op. 30 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Priya Mitchell (Violin), Lars W. Van den Oudenweijer (Clarinet),
Daniel Tummes (Percussion), Marieke Schneemann (Flute), Hartmut Rohde (Viola)
Conductor:  Thomas Carroll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
Venue:  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 29 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin (05/01/2006 - 05/03/2006) 
Concerto for Cello, Op. 35 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Stacey Watton (Double Bass), Marieke Schneemann (Flute),
Nigel Shore (Oboe), Lars W. Van den Oudenweijer (Clarinet), Daniel Tummes (Percussion),
Christian Poltera (Cello), Catherine Maguire (Bassoon), Frank Dodge (Cello),
Julia Maria Kretz (Violin), Bernhard Krug (French Horn), Priya Mitchell (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Carroll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 05/03/2006 
Venue:  Live  Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 27 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: I. Ansturmend, ziemlich rasch (Roter Wirbeltanz)
Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: II. Schwer, lastend (Tanz des Grauens)
Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: III. Intermezzo: Fliessende Achtel
Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: IV. Gemessen (Tanz des Schweigens)
Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: V. Intermezzo: Lebhaft
Tanz-Suite, Op. 30: VI. Massige Viertel (Tanz des Erwachens)
Cello Concerto, Op. 35: I. Allegro assai moderato
Cello Concerto, Op. 35: II. Agitato
Cello Concerto, Op. 35: III. Adagio
Cello Concerto, Op. 35: IV. Allegro vivace

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