Entartete Musik | Brilliant Classics 94874BR

Entartete Musik

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94874BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st July 2014



This set brings together the complete works for saxophone and piano by composers who were judged by the Nazi regime in the thirties as 'entartet' (degenerated). Their common stylistics (as if there are such qualities as to be called degenerated..) include a tendency to modernism and escape from traditional (preferably teutonic) musical language, an openness for other musical forms and styles, such as jazz and Afro‐American influences, and, last but not‐least, a Jewish origin. The saxophone was the Nazi’s worst enemy, harbouring all degenerated qualities in one.

The composers included are Erwin Schulhoff (his famous Hot Sonata, the most frequently performed saxophone sonata of the 20th century), Hindemith, Dessau, Dressel, Jacoby, Gál and the notorious Herr von Knorr.

A fascinating panorama of an era of buoyant creativity, brutally suppressed by a totalitarian regime, with vibrant and intense performances by two excellent musicians, David Brutti and Filippo Farinelli, who have already recorded a fantastic set for Brilliant Classics of Saxophone works by Charles Koechlin (BC 9266).


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