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Chamber Works by Jerzy Fitelberg / ARC Ensemble

Fitelberg / Arc Ensemble
Release Date: 10/30/2015 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10877  
Composer:  Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Steven DannErika RaumMarie BerardBryan Epperson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is Volume 2 in the Chandos series of works by Jewish composers who were forced to flee the Third Reich during the 30s. The Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto) here presents premiere recordings of chamber works by Jerzy Fitelberg.

The album offers two String Quartets, the early mysterious Nachtmusik for clarinet, cello, and celeste, the Sonatine for two violins, shaped by Polish folk tunes, and the Serenade for viola and piano, composed in New York in 1943 and published in 1954, three years after Fitelberg’s death.

After graduating from the Conservatory in his hometown, Warsaw, Fitelberg studied at Berlin’s Musikhochschule, the finest music academy in Europe at this
Read more time. He fled Germany in 1933 to live in New York. Fitelberg was well known and highly regarded, his music included in all the International Society of Contemporary Music’s festivals until the 50s. However, like other music featured in this series, which Nazi Germany deemed entartete, or ‘degenerate’, his works were almost eradicated by the Third Reich and has largely been forgotten. It deserves a much warmer reception. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Steven Dann (Viola), Erika Raum (Violin), Marie Berard (Violin),
Bryan Epperson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2015 
Venue:  Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory, Canada 
2.
Serenade for Viola and Piano by Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Kara Huber (Piano), Steven Dann (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 2015 
3.
Sonatine for Two Violins by Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Benjamin Bowman (Violin), Erika Raum (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 2015 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Bryan Epperson (Cello), Marie Berard (Violin), Erika Raum (Violin),
Steven Dann (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2015 
Notes: Original verson of the composer's Concerto for String Orchestra. 
5.
Nachtmusik, Op. 9 "Fisches Nachtgesang" by Jerzy Fitelberg
Performer:  Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet), Bryan Epperson (Cello), Kara Huber (Celesta)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ARC Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2015 

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