ERIC ZEISL (1905-1959): 8 Klavierstücke "November", MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Cielo di settembre, Op. 1, I Naviganti, Op. 13, Fandango from Greeting Cards, Op. 170, ERNST TOCH (1887-1964): Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 11, Profile No. 3, Op. 68, Der Jongleur, Op. 31/3, ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): 4 Walzer, ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951): 6 kleine Stücke, Op. 19.
Catalogue Number: 11P062
Label: Music & Arts
Description: The theme here is Jewish composers in exile in Southern California, even though several pieces were written before their emigration. The largest of these is Zeisl's November, dating from 1937-38, when life was getting difficult for Jews in Austria. The menace, anxiety and unease are palpable in these eight Klavierstücke which are also World Premiere Recordings. Toch's pieces are all still tonal and one, the 1901 Scherzo, is still modeled on Brahms' late piano works while the piano music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco is a treasure trove which remains unaccountably neglected. I Naviganti (1919) is impressionistic with modally inflected melodies and Cielo (1910) a gentle impression of a cloudy sky, also rather impressionistic in tone; only the Fandango of 1954 comes from his American period. The impressive booklet contains two separate sets of notes and 24 photos of the composers (and friends and associates) in their exile period. Eric Le Van (piano).