WALTER ARLEN (b.1920): Arbeit macht frei for Piano and Metronome, Sonnet for Violin and Piano, Wenn die letzte Blaue geht for Soprano, Violin and Piano, Septet for Soprano, Baritone and Piano, 2 Fragments from "The Song of Songs" and Houses of Worship for Baritone and Piano, For Solo Piano: Altes Lied, Humoreske, 4 Monotypes, Mementos (Part 1), Die letzte Blaue.
Catalogue Number: 10Q091
Description: Our second Arlen release from this source: A Jewish fugitive from Vienna in 1938, Arlen became a music critic for the Los Angeles Times from 1952-80 and later founded the music department at Loyola Marymount University. A feature article on Gramophone's website two years ago contains an interview with Arlen and notes that this recording was produced by Michael Haas, who was behind Decca's Entartete Musik series a couple of decades ago. As the writer put it, "what really holds these songs together is their wistful eloquence, poised on a fault-line between the open-handed accessibility of mid-20th Americanism and the darker, more internalised processes of pre-war mittel-Europe." This goes also for the many of the piano pieces here, some of which are solo piano versions of much older songs but Monotypes are dedications to famous international figures and Arbeit macht frei a touching meditation on the individual Jews exterminated at Auschwitz. 2 CDs. Texts included. Daniel Wnukowski (piano), Rebecca Nelsen (soprano), Christian Immler (baritone), Daniel Hope (violin).