HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Clarinet Quintet, Op. 107, Serenade for Clarinet, Violin and Cello, Op. 93 (both First Recordings), Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97.
Catalogue Number: 11S005
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0377
Description: Like Brahms and Reger, Gál expressed some of his last musical thoughts in the form of a clarinet quintet, this one written when its composer was 87 years old. The earlier works here – the Serenade written in Vienna between Gál’s expulsion from Nazi Germany and his flight after the Anschluss, and the Trio, composed in his new home of Edinburgh – reveal that its elegiac, autumnal lyricism was his natural mode of expression. Ensemble Burletta.