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Kornauth & Fuchs - Works for viola and piano

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Catalogue numberBIS-2574 SACD
Release date2021-11-05
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time75:45

In the spring of 2020, the Covid pandemic caused turmoil in the concert diaries of most musicians, including the conductor Andrew Litton and his wife Katharina Kang Litton, principal violist of New York City Ballet. To find an outlet for their musical expression they began to explore the repertoire for viola and piano together. Having played the sonatas by Brahms they came across the music by two other Viennese composers, Brahms’ near-contemporary Robert Fuchs and his student Egon Kornauth. Fuchs – who the less-than-effusive Brahms called ‘a splendid musician’ – had a long and distinguished career at the Vienna Conservatory where his other students included such composers as Mahler, Wolf, Sibelius, Zemlinsky and Korngold.

That the sonatas recorded here were composed around the same time as Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet can be hard to believe – as is the fact that Fuchs’s Phantasiestücke (composed in his 80th and final year) was contemporary with Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1. But if they are not in any way pioneering, all three works are beautifully achieved: formally both strong and flexible, with a subtle, deeply-felt emotional colouring of their own. The Litton Duo close the recital with a piece that has a personal significance for the two – an arrangement of the Korean folk song Arirang which they received as a wedding present from Stephen Hough.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Kornauth, Egon
  Viola Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 3 26:35
01 I. Fest und bestimmt 08:43 $ 2.12 USD
02 II. Langsam, sehr ausdrucksvoll 08:52 $ 2.14 USD
03 III. Wild und stürmisch 09:00 $ 2.18 USD
  Composer: Fuchs, Robert
  Sechs Phantasiestücke, Op. 117 24:19
04 I. Ländler Tempo 04:10 $ 1.01 USD
05 II. Ruhig und ausdrucksvoll 04:22 $ 1.06 USD
06 III. Leicht bewegt 03:51 $ 0.93 USD
07 IV. Andante sostenuto con espressione 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
08 V. Mäßig bewegt 03:16 $ 0.79 USD
09 VI. Allegretto con delicatezza 04:35 $ 1.12 USD
  Viola Sonata in D minor, Op. 89 21:06
10 I. Allegro moderato, ma passionato 08:43 $ 2.11 USD
11 II. Andante grazioso 06:38 $ 1.61 USD
12 III. Allegro vivace 05:45 $ 1.40 USD
  Composer: Traditional
13 Arirang (Korean folk song) 02:21 $ 0.70 USD
  Album total 75:45
ComposerFuchs, Robert
Kornauth, Egon
ViolaKang Litton, Katharina
PianoLitton, Andrew
EnsembleLitton Duo
ArrangerHough, Stephen

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