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Toch: Solo Piano Pieces / Kokits


Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5293  
Composer:  Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All the works on this album derive from the inter-war years, i.e. the period in which Toch completely de-romanticized his music by disregarding late Romantic harmonic conventions and restrictions. "What has always fascinated and impressed me from the outset - particularly in the works after 1918 - is their reduction to the essential and salient. Every note conveys the impression of being absolutely necessary, and not one is superfluous or replacable. Ernst Toch's music is convincing, and his story moves me in such a special way that I feel a great need to make his music accessible to a broader public again and to contribute my share towards re-integrating the "most forgotten composer of the 20th century", as he often called Read more himself in the final years of his life, in musical life today." (Anna Magdalena Kokits)

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REVIEW:

Pianist Anna Magdelena Kokits has mastered the composer's idiom, and this is an affectionate, eloquent, and vividly played collection of Toch's piano works from WWI until his forced exile in 1933.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Burlesken, Op. 31 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Mannheim, Germany 
2.
Original Pieces (3) for Player Piano by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Germany 
3.
Capriccetti (5) for Piano, Op. 36 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Mannheim, Germany 
4.
Etudes (10) for Beginners, Op. 59 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
5.
Intermediate Etudes (10), Op. 57 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
6.
Kleinstadtbilder, Op. 49 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Germany 
7.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 47 by Ernst Toch
Performer:  Anna Magdelena Kokits (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Sparkling disc of piano pieces great and small December 21, 2017 By Guy Rickards (Northwood, Middlesex) See All My Reviews "Ernst Toch is often overlooked as a bit of an also-ran to Hindemith, or the creator of Jonnt spielt auf and nothing else. In fact, he was a fine but rather different type of composer. This disc, beautifully played by Kokits, showcases his skills as didact, composer, master of forms great - in the Sonata - and small." Report Abuse
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