ERNST TOCH (1887-1964): Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 44, Piano Quintet, Op. 64, Burlesken for Piano, Op. 31, 3 Impromptus for Cello, Op. 90c.
Catalogue Number: 05J073
Description: The unashamedly Romantic quintet from 1938 (in four movements with movements titled \"Lyrical\", \"Whimsical\", \"Contemplative\" and \"Dramatic\") is the major work here (37 min.), seeming to reveal a composer finally able to relax a bit in the safety of the United States, the fact that he was also at that time doing work for Hollywood film studios perhaps accounting for the surface attractiveness of the music. The sonata dates from 1928, his period of "high modernism", pushing the limits of tonality but never exceeding them, two humorous and vital movements surrounding a brief slow movement of profound melancholy. Spectrum Concerts Berlin.