This is a slightly expanded version of an essay on Brahms’s last symphony commissioned by The Bridgewater Hall for last week’s Budapest Festival Orchestra concert. “But in dark, dramatic outbursts such as those in the first and last movements of his Fourth Symphony, something apocalyptically grandiose and superhuman takes place. He had outgrown the passionately […]
From the November/December issue of American Record Guide Buy here from MDT UK Buy here from Arkiv USA Buy here from Amazon UK Buy here from Amazon USA “Ensemble Epomeo play with finesse and sensitivity, nicely capturing Krasa’s manic grotesqueries as well as Gal’s elegance and tenderness.”
A new review of our debut CD from critic Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle. Kosman describes the Gal Serenade as “a witty, sardonic and often beautiful score, which adopts the mannerisms of the Classical style while simultaneously sending them up with love and zest,” and hails Gal’s opus 104 for “Gál’s undeniable mastery […]
A new review of the Complete String Trios of Hans Gal and Hans Krasa from Fanfare Magazine GÁL Serenade in D, op. 41. Trio in fT, op. 104. KRÁSA Tanec (Dance). Passacaglia and Fugue Ens Epomeo AVIE 2259 (67:08) Buy here from MDT UK Buy here from Arkiv USA Buy here from Amazon UK Buy here from Amazon USA […]
Gál Serenade D dur, op. 41; Trio in F sharp major, op. 104; Krása Tanec; Passacaglia og Fuge Ensemble Epomeo Avie AV2259 (67 minutter) 1 2 3 4 5 6 “This disc of string trios presents two highly contrasted victims of Hitler. The music of Hans Gál (1890–1987), born just outside Vienna, embodies the virtues of Viennese tradition: it […]
A new, five-star review for the Complete String Trios of Hans Gal and Hans Krasa from MusicWeb International, also available at Art Music Reviews here. See also our earlier MusicWeb review from Steve Arloff, and Recording of the Month designation here. “Sound quality is very good. In their debut recording, Ensemble Epomeo (named after an Ischian mountain) are […]
CD Review- RECORDING OF THE MONTH: MusicWeb International, Steve Arloff on Gal/Krasa Complete String Trios
The disc leaves you feeling profoundly moved as well as drained and I can hardly imagine how it must feel to play such music. This is an extremely important musical document on all counts…
The Ensemble Epomeo play all four compositions with huge commitment and brilliant flair revealing every nuance in four wonderful works for string trio. In every way this is a fantastic disc that listeners will want to hear again and again.
Music by the Theresienstadt composers comes with all sorts of historical and political baggage, and while the musical qualities of Ullmann, Krása, Klein and their colleagues are now widely appreciated, their works are usually presented together and in isolation from anything else. This approach is defensible in some musical respects, particularly through the fact […]
A review from Graham Rickson at The Arts Desk of Ensemble Epomeo’s recording of the Complete String Trios of Hans Gal and Hans Krasa. Read the whole thing here. Hans Gál & Hans Krása: Complete String Trios Ensemble Epomeo (Avie) Avie have already successfully exhumed the four symphonies by the Austrian émigré Hans Gál, who pitched up […]
When I first encountered the music of Anton Bruckner (the first movement of the 9th Symphony), it was love at first sight. From the moment I dropped the needle a the edge of the LP, Bruckner picked me up with his mind powers and shook me like a dog. I’ve never been able to understand […]
A new review from Gavin Dixon at Classical CD Reviews of Bobby and Hans vol. 3. Read the whole thing here Purchase your copy via these links and support the ongoing recording project: A short sample: Technically, the orchestra is on top form; there’s nothing “regional” about their playing. They are also able to combine […]
Maestro Kenneth Woods and his Orchestra of the Swan play both symphonies exceedingly well…this is probably as close as we get in the music to Gal’s private adversities, but Woods does not over dramatize or over sentimentalize it. By the time the finale draws to a close, we recognize, at least in hands of Woods, a memorable and perhaps unfairly under-appreciated work.
“If there was anything that Brahms profoundly detested, it was theorizing. For him, music was a matter of living perception, of living experience; he considered it pointless t to speculate about the conditions of its effect. That concepts such as expression, sincerity, profundity and greatness cannot be measured in music does not alter the fact […]
And suddenly it was April… 2013 is shaping up to be the slowest year yet for the blog, but not for lack of good intentions or good ideas. It’s just been, yet again, even busier and wackier than past years- a trend which is getting increasingly daunting as it continues Looking back, it felt as […]