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)
Trois Mazurkas, Op. 24 (1928)
Zwei Stücke aus dem Ballet ‘Der letzte Pierrot’ (1926, arr. 1927)
Three Excerpts from the Film Music for Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (‘The Murderer Dimitri Karamazov’; 1931)
Catalogue No: TOCC0511EAN/UPC: 5060113445117Release Date: 15.03.2019Composer: Karol Rathaus Artists: Daniel Wnukowski
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