WALTER KAUFMANN (1907-1984): String Quartets No. 7 and No. 11, Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 44, Sonatina No. 12 for Violin and Piano, Septet for 3 Violins, Viola, 2 Cellos and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 09W046
Reference: CHAN 20170
Description: The fourth installment in this “Music in Exile” series turns its attention to Walter Kaufmann. Despite a very promising start in Prague and then Berlin, and friendships with Albert Einstein and with Franz Kafka’s circle, Kaufmann’s career become a casualty of the Nazi regime that forced scores of Jewish musicians to flee Germany – in his case for Bombay in India. Kaufmann’s intriguing and extensive body of work remains largely forgotten, certainly under appreciated, and perhaps most tragically, unperformed since first heard, although ironically, millions of Indians are familiar with one piece of his music – the signature tune that he wrote in 1936 for All India Radio, which is still played every morning. “The hallmark of this remarkable music,” explains the ARC Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg, “is its striking originality. There are flashes of Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky, and hints of Bohemian and klezmer music, but the end result is a world of inventiveness and surprises. It is an extraordinary blend of Eastern and Western traditions, both adventurous and accessible, and no less compelling for the eighty-year delay since its first performance.” ARC Ensemble.