Krenek: Chamber Music & Songs, Vol. 1

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Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Catalog: TOCC0295
Format: COMPACT DISC

Tichman, Nina; Fink, Bernarda; Schönwiese, Dorothea; Masurenko, Tatjana; Spiri, Anthony; Maderthaner, Herbert; Boesch, Florian; Eisenberger, Christian; Aikin, Laura; Francis, Lily; Weinmeister, Hanna; Schorn, Matthias

This recording of music by Ernest Krenek follows on from Toccata Classics’ wildly successful recording, in two albums, of his complete piano concertos. It covers almost half a century of his compositions, and shows the sheer range of his creativity. There are early piano fugues written for his teacher, Franz Schreker, via elegant fin de siècle Viennese lyricism to a relaxed application of Schoenberg’s dodecaphonic technique- often enlivened with a surprising degree of charm and a knowing sense of humor. The Ernst Krenek Ensemble is joined here by three of the finest lieder singers currently active, Laura Aikin, Bernarda Fink, and Florian Boesch. The Ernst Krenek Ensemble has set itself the task of introducing Ernst Krenek’s important and extensive chamber music oeuvre to the programmes of international concert halls, although its repertoire also includes works by composers such as Schubert and Beethoven, who provided Krenek with important stimulus. Its musicians delve with special curiosity into Krenek’s less familiar works and reveal the many colorful facets of his substantial output. Concerts have taken the ensemble throughout Europe and the USA.

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