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Neue Kammermusik - Werke Von Hans Gál /Vogel, Lecuona, Et Al


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Cybele   Catalog #: 360901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hans Gál
Performer:  Rene LecuonaAnnette-Barbara VogelFulbert Slenczka
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hans Gal was born near Vienna, the son of a Jewish doctor, and grew up in the world of that turn-of-the-century imperial capital. He was fortunate enough to study with some of the foremost teachers of the time: the pianist Richard Robert who taught Rudolf Serkin, George Szell and Clara Haskill, and for composition Eusebius Mandyczewski, who had been a close friend of Brahms and became something of a spiritual father to Gal. In 1915 Gal won the Austrian State Prize for Composition. The First World War, which left Austria politically and economically in ruins, marked a decisive break in his career, but during the 1920s his reputation grew rapidly, notably with his second opera, Die Heilige Ente, which was so successful at its first Read more performance in 1923, under George Szell, that it was immediately taken up by six further opera houses for the subsequent season, and was still in the repertoire in 1933. In 1929 Gal was appointed Director of the Conservatory in Mainz. The next four years were the happiest and most productive of his career. But the Nazi occupation of Mainz in March,1933, brought instant dismissal from office and a ban on all publication and performance in Germany. He returned to Vienna, but the political situation there became increasingly precarious, and when Hitler marched into the country in March 1938, Gal and his family fled to England. Donald Francis Tovey brought him to Edinburgh where he finally obtained an appointment as a lecturer in music at Edinburgh University. He remained there until his death in 1987, creative as a composer well into his nineties. But in the totally changed musical climate after the Second World War, Gal never re-established his former position, and his music was all too rarely performed, most of it remaining unknown, even to his most devoted admirers. Indeed, it is symptomatic of his situation that he is today better known for his work as a scholar and teacher - he wrote books on Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner and Verdi - than as a composer. He left four operas, four symphonies, large-scale cantatas, and a host of chamber, piano and vocal works, in all, around 140 published works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat minor, Op. 17 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Rene Lecuona (Piano), Annette-Barbara Vogel (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Austria 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 89 by Hans Gál
Performer:  Rene Lecuona (Piano), Fulbert Slenczka (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Austria 

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