Flashback: Music for Saxophone and Piano from the 20th Century | Odradek Records ODRCD331

Flashback: Music for Saxophone and Piano from the 20th Century


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Label: Odradek Records

Cat No: ODRCD331

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th January 2016



The (lyrical) illustration of the music of Erwin Schulhoff, Paul Hindemith, Hans Gál, to Werner Heider and Edison Denisov, reflects our common European identity. By working on it, it brings us back in that time, precisely like a scent can do. Even though neither of us lived or experienced that era, we have a hint of the past in us.

This CD contains saxophone music from Middle and Eastern Europe composed between the years 1930-1970. The oldest piece, Hot-Sonate, is from the year 1930, around the time when the youngest composers on this CD were born – Edison Denisov in 1929 and Werner Heider in 1930. This collection reflects well Europe's turbulent mood during the middle of the last century; one of a world war and civil and social rebellions. These historical events did not pass quietly past the composers – in fact, three of them, Hindemith, Gál and Schulhoff, were persecuted by the Nazis in and after 1933. Hindemith managed to escape to the USA and Gál to Britain, but Schulhoff did not survive.
- Guido Baumer

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