Richard Stöhr: Chamber Music Volume Four

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Label: TOCCATA CLASSICS
Catalog: TOCC0536
Format: COMPACT DISC

Teasdale, Judith; Schreiber, Susan; Kelly, Velda; Koch, Stefan; Siciliano, Mary; Nelson, Conor; Johnson, Priscilla

Like Korngold, Toch, Schoenberg, Zeisl and Zemlinsky, Richard Stöhr (1874–1967) was another Austrian composer driven into American exile by the Nazis. His generous output of music, being rediscovered at last in these Toccata Classics recordings, includes seven symphonies, much chamber music, songs, and choral and piano pieces. These chamber works, from his first years in the United States, show him in surprisingly relaxed mood, the Viennese lyricism of his native city maintained in his US refuge. The Flute Suite in particular – though written only four years after his flight from Vienna – can boast a number of easy-going ‘ear-worms’ that linger in the memory long after the music has stopped.

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