exil.arte CD series

Walter Arlen
Die letzte Blaue
(2 CDs)

Daniel Wnukowski, Piano
Rebecca Nelsen, Soprano
Christian Immler, Bariton
Daniel Hope, Violin

Gramola 98996

The disaster of the extinction of culture and civil society by the Nazi regime, intensified by his own dismay and enforced exile, constitutes the basis of Walter Arlen’s compositional oeuvre. This downfall is symbolized by Die letzte Blaue, the name of the last night-time tram of Vienna Transport, identifiable by its blue light, and a homage to an unforgettable hit of the time. Apart from works like this one for piano solo (Monotypes, Mementos), this double CD by the Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski also contains works for piano and violin (Daniel Hope) and songs for soprano (Rebecca Nelsen) and baritone (Christian Immler). A unique feature is the three-part work ARBEIT MACHT FREI for piano and metronome, which was written in 1995 after a visit to the former extermination camp of Auschwitz.

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Lost Generation 
Schulhoff • Ullmann • Tausky
(1 CD)

Ulrike Anton, Flute
Russell Ryan, Piano
English Chamber Orchestra
David Parry, Conductor

Gramola 98964

It is the declared aim of the exil.arte Center at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, to rehabilitate composers, artists and interpreters outlawed during the Third Reich. For the fourth CD in this series released by Gramola, exil.arte has managed to acquire the services of the English Chamber Orchestra, one of the most renowned ensembles of our age, for this inestimably valuable mission. With David Parry as its artistic director and in magnificent interaction with the soloists Ulrike Anton (flute) and Russell Ryan (piano), this incomparable orchestra presents ‘degenerate’, outlawed and hence long forgotten works by Erwin Schulhoff (Double Concerto for Flute, Piano and String Orchestra with Two French Horns WV 89; Sonata for Flute and Piano WV 86; Three Pieces for String Orchestra WV 5), Viktor Ullmann (Chamber Symphony, op. 46a) and Vilém Tauský (Coventry – Meditation for String Orchestra).

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The Ox on the Roof and other Bans – Milhaud • Schönberg • Gal • Schulhoff
(1 CD)

Friederike Haufe, Piano
Volker Ahmels, Piano

Gramola 98892

The perfectly attuned German piano duo Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels, who in countless concert projects have committed themselves to the topic of ‘outlawed music’, i.e. works banned by the Nazis, and acquired an international reputation with their much heeded debut in Israel and the autonomous Palestinian territories in 1997, in their first recording for Gramola present an exceptional programme in every respect and one marking the way for the treatment of this period in musical history. Rarely performed works for piano four-hands by composers of the 20th century, whose lives were marked by persecution, exile or murder, such as Darius Milhaud, Leo Smit, Ernst Toch, Arnold Schoenberg, Hans Gál and Erwin Schulhoff constitute an impressive enrichment of the traditional repertoire for this instrumentation.

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Walter Arlen
Things turn out differently
(2 CDs)

Rebecca Nelsen, Soprano
Christian Immler, Bariton
Danny Driver, Piano

Gramola 98946/47

Walter Arlen is one of the last surviving composers of a generation that could have been wiped out by the Nazis: After escaping from Vienna in 1939, he not only became a music critic for the Los Angeles Times, but as founder of the Music Department at Loyola Marymount University he contributed significantly to the cultural transfer of Austria’s musical tradition. Arlen, born in 1920, has always been a miniaturist, composing tonally. A huge cross-section of his major works can now be heard on this double CD.

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Hans Gál – The Right Tempo
(1 CD)

Ulrike Anton, Flute
Russell Ryan, Piano
Cornelia Löscher, Violin
Wolfhart Schuster, Violin

Gramola 98896

The Austrian composer Hans Gál (1890-1987) spent his early years as a Brahms researcher and advanced to one of the most frequently performed composers of the 1920s and early 1930s. Among other publications he also wrote the famous ‘Instructions on Reading Scores’, taught composition and became the director of the Music Academy in Mainz in 1929. In 1933, he was forced to emigrate with his family to Austria and then to Great Britain in 1938 were he was interned as an enemy alien. He later became a lecturer for music at the University of Edinburgh. The CD introduces you to wonderful chamber music: Three Sketches for Piano, Three Intermezzi for Flute and Piano, the Sonata for Two Violins and Piano and the ‘Huyton Suite’ for Flute and Two Violins.

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