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


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559324   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ernst Toch
Performer:  Daniel BlumenthalAnnette von HehnFrank DodgeHartmut Rohde,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernst Toch's 1928 Violin Sonata opens this new Naxos collection of the composer's chamber music. The rather dissonant piece spends a good bit of its time on the fringes of atonality (especially the angular first movement) but then softens its harmonic contours a bit for the finale, which is a brisk gallop in the style of Shostakovich. The earlier (1923) Burlesken for Piano, a suite of comical dances, makes for less challenging listening, while Three Impromptus for Cello, composed just a year before Toch's death in 1964, captivates through masterful cello writing, as well as emotional expressiveness.

Toch composed the Quintet upon his arrival in the United States in 1938, and what comes through forcefully is the sense of his
Read more nostalgia for the world he left behind as he brilliantly marries Brahmsian compositional style to 20th-century tonal language. The movement titles go straight to the heart of the matter: The Lyrical Part, The Whimsical Part, The Contemplative Part, and The Dramatic Part, with the Contemplative slow movement being the most firmly rooted in the 20th century, reaching a Berg-style expressiveness. Spectrum Concerts Berlin provides committed and powerfully rendered performances, all captured in first-rate sound. Toch fans need not hesitate in acquiring this excellent disc.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Burlesken for Piano, Op. 31: no 1, Gemächlich by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Burlesken for Piano, Op. 31: no 2, Lebhaft by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Burlesken for Piano, Op. 31: no3, Der Jongleur: Muito vivo (Sehr lebhaft) by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Sonata no 2 for Violin and Piano, Op 44: 1st movement, Trotzig, anstürmend by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Annette von Hehn (Violin), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Sonata no 2 for Violin and Piano, Op 44: 2nd movement, Intermezzo "Tänzerisch, graziös [Allegretto]" by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Annette von Hehn (Violin), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6.
Sonata no 2 for Violin and Piano, Op 44: 3rd movement, Allegro giusto by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Annette von Hehn (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Three Impromptus for Cello, Op. 90c: no 1, Andante cantabile by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Frank Dodge (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Three Impromptus for Cello, Op. 90c: no 2, Allegretto grazioso by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Frank Dodge (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Three Impromptus for Cello, Op. 90c: no 3, Adagio, con espressione by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Frank Dodge (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Quintet for Piano, two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 64: 1st movement, The Lyrical Part: Allegro no by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Frank Dodge (Cello), Julia Maria Kretz (Violin),
Annette von Hehn (Violin), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Quintet for Piano, two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 64: 2nd movement, The Whimsical Part by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Frank Dodge (Cello), Julia Maria Kretz (Violin),
Annette von Hehn (Violin), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Quintet for Piano, two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 64: 3rd movement, The Contemplative Part "Adag by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Frank Dodge (Cello), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano),
Annette von Hehn (Violin), Julia Maria Kretz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Quintet for Piano, two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 64: 4th movement, The Dramatic Part by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Frank Dodge (Cello), Daniel Blumenthal (Piano),
Annette von Hehn (Violin), Julia Maria Kretz (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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