Robert Fürstenthal: Chamber Music, Volume One

Catalogue No: TOCC0519
EAN/UPC: 5060113445193
Release Date: 2019-06-01
Composer: Robert Fürstenthal
Artists: The Rossetti Ensemble

When Germany invaded Austria in 1938, Robert Fürstenthal, born in 1920, took the path of many Viennese Jews and fled to the United States, where he made his living as an accountant; the fact that he had written music in his youth was soon forgotten. Reconnection, after 35 years, with the woman who had been his first love rekindled both that flame and his urge to compose, and from then on songs and chamber music flowed from his pen, preserving the spirit of fin-de-siècle Vienna under the Californian sun – ‘When I compose, I am back in Vienna’, he explained. He died in November 2016, aged 96, knowing that his lyrical, eloquent music was at last attracting the attention of both musicians and microphones.

The Rossetti Ensemble
Malcolm Messiter (oboe)
Christopher O’Neal (oboe)
Sara Trickey (violin)
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola)
Timothy Lowe (cello)
John Lenehan (piano)

Listen To This Recording:

    Sonata for Two Oboes and Piano in D minor, Op. 56

  1. I Allegro moderato
  2. II Lento
  3. III Scherzando
  4. IV Intermezzo: Cantabile
  5. V Rondo: Allegretto
  6. Cello Sonata in F minor, Op. 58

  7. I Allegro moderato
  8. II Andante
  9. III Scherzando
  10. IV Grave
  11. Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 57

  12. I Lento Allegretto
  13. II Scherzando
  14. III Lento
  15. IV Vivace
  16. Violin Sonata in B minor, Op. 43

  17. I Allegro con fuoco
  18. II Lento
  19. III Scherzando
  20. IV Andante con variazioni
  21. Piano Trio, Op. 65

  22. I Moderato, ma con spirito
  23. II Cantabile
  24. III Andante Allegro ma non troppo


1 review for Robert Fürstenthal: Chamber Music, Volume One

  1. :

    ‘The members of the Rossetti Ensemble are all well-known and expert performers and never seek to inflate the music beyond its natural constraints. Fürstenthal’s biography and music, well related in the extensive booklet note – there are essays by his wife, Michael Haas, and William Melton – amplify the value of this well-produced disc.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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