Hannenheim - Works for Viola & Piano | Challenge Classics CC72734

Hannenheim - Works for Viola & Piano


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72734

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th August 2016



Aida-Carmen Soanea (viola)
Igor Kamenz (piano)
Adrian Pizaru (violin)


Hannenheim, Norbert von

Duo for violin and viola
Piece no.1
Piece no.3
Piece no.4
Suite for viola and piano
Viola Sonata no.1
Viola Sonata no.2


Aida-Carmen Soanea (viola)
Igor Kamenz (piano)
Adrian Pizaru (violin)


This recording rediscovers, after about 80 years, a remarkable musical personality of the early 20th century, the Transylvanian-born German composer Norbert von Hannenheim. His works are performed by the charismatic Romanian violist Aida-Carmen Soanea with Russian pianist Igor Kamenz.

Praised by Schoenberg for his “exceptional talent”, Norbert von Hannenheim (1898-1945) was ostracized by the Nazi regime and his music was defined as “degenerate”. He died just after the end of the war in a mental institution. His entire oeuvre was thought to have been destroyed by American bombing on Berlin, but following many years of research, a handful of his works were rediscovered at the beginning of this century. These five certainly enrich the viola repertoire of the Second Viennese School.

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