Karol Rathaus (1895–1954), born on the eastern fringes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was one of the myriad Jewish composers who had to abandon a successful career in Europe, where he wrote for stage, screen and concert hall, and flee to the USA; there he earned his living in academia, working in obscurity. This first recording of his piano music reveals a powerful and individual voice, where echoes of his distant homeland colour a musical language that is striking for its harmonic tension and rhythmic energy.
Daniel Wnukowski, piano
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 (1924; rev. 1927) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0511/Track06.mp3
Trois Mazurkas, Op. 24 (1928) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0511/Track09.mp3
Zwei Stücke aus dem Ballet ‘Der letzte Pierrot’ (1926, arr. 1927) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0511/Track12.mp3
Three Excerpts from the Film Music for Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (‘The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov’; 1931) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0511/Track14.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0511EAN/UPC: 5060113445117Release Date: 15.03.2019Composer: Karol Rathaus Artists: Daniel Wnukowski
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