Kaufmann: Chamber Music / Arc Ensemble

Release Date: 8/28/2020
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHAN 20170
Composer: Walter Kaufmann
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 77 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
For the fourth installment in their Music in Exile series, the Toronto-based ARC Ensemble turns its attention to the music of Walter Kaufmann. Despite a very promising start in Prague and then Berlin, and friendships with Albert Einstein and with Franz Kafka’s circle, Kaufmann’s career become a casualty of the Nazi regime that forced scores of Jewish musicians to flee Germany – in his case for Bombay in India. Kaufmann’s intriguing and extensive body of work remains largely forgotten, certainly underappreciated, and perhaps most tragically, unperformed since first heard, although ironically, millions of Indians are familiar with one piece of his music – the signature tune that he wrote in 1936 for All India Radio, which is still played every morning. “The hallmark of this remarkable music,” explains the ARC Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg, “is its striking originality. There are flashes of Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky, and hints of Bohemian and klezmer music, but the end result is a world of inventiveness and surprises. It is an extraordinary blend of Eastern and Western traditions, both adventurous and accessible, and no less compelling for the eighty-year delay since its first performance.”
Works on This Recording
1. I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno - Accelerando - Grave by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
2. II. Un poco grave by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
3. III. Allegro molto - Meno - Allegro molto by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
4. IV. Allegro barbarico - Poco meno - Molto meno - A tempo - Poco meno by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
5. I. Molto moderato e tranquillo - Allegro moderato - Tempo I - Tempo II by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Kevin Ahfat (Piano), Erika Raum (Violin)
Written: 1946 ;
6. II. Adagio molto by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Kevin Ahfat (Piano), Erika Raum (Violin)
Written: 1946 ;
7. III. Vivace by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Kevin Ahfat (Piano), Erika Raum (Violin)
Written: 1946 ;
8. I. Energico - [Meno mosso] - [Tempo I] by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
9. II. Sostenuto cantabile - Mosso - Meno by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
10. III. Allegro molto - Meno by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
11. IV. Andantino - Allegro - Molto meno - Andantino by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
12. V. Vivace - [Meno mosso] - Meno - Allargando - Largamente by Walter Kaufmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
13. I. Sostenuto cantabile by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet), Kevin Ahfat (Piano)
Written: 1946 ;
14. II. Intermezzo: Vivace - [Trio] - Vivace by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet), Kevin Ahfat (Piano)
Written: 1946 ;
15. III. Finale: Canzonetta. Moderato by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Kevin Ahfat (Piano), Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet)
Written: 1946 ;
16. Septet by Walter Kaufmann
Performer: Jamie Kruspe (Violin), Kimberly Jeong (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: ARC Ensemble
Written: 1946 ;
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