Bernhard Sekles: Chamber Music


Catalogue No: TOCC0147
EAN/UPC: 5060113441478
Release Date: 28.01.2013
Composer: Bernhard Sekles
Artists: Noreen Silver, Phillip Silver, Solomia Soroka

Bernhard Sekles (1872-1933) was one of the leading figures in German music in the first decades of the twentieth century, prominent as composer, educator and administrator. In 1928, as director of the Hoch Conservatorium in Frankfurt, he established the first academic programme in jazz studies, an act of courage and conviction that unleashed furious attacks from the Nazi press. His own music, banned during the Third Reich, has been virtually forgotten, although he composed in all major genres, including opera, symphony, lieder and chamber music. As the works on this recording illustrate, Sekles' music finds room for diverse elements — including Neoclassicism, Brahmsian Romanticism and jazz — and can be refreshingly quirky.

Solomia Soroka, viola, violin
Noreen Silver, cello
Phillip Silver, piano

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Chaconne on an Eight-Bar March-Theme, Op. 38, for viola and piano (publ. 1931)
  2. Cello Sonata, Op. 28 (1919)

  3. I Sostenuto assai (Schwerlastend) – Allegro marcato ma moderato
  4. II Intermezzo: Lento – Presto – Prestissimo
  5. III Tema con Variazioni
  6. Capriccio in Four Movements for piano trio (publ. 1932)

  7. I Praeludio: Moderato ma energico
  8. II Scherzino: Vivace
  9. III Intermezzo: Larghetto
  10. IV Finale: Yankee-Doodle con Variazioni – Allegretto comodo (Nicht schnell)
  11. Violin Sonata, Op. 44

  12. I Allegro ma non troppo
  13. II Andantino
  14. III Vivace
  15. IV Allegro maestoso


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