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Schulhoff: Brückenbauer in die neue Zeit

András Adorján | Berlin Philharmonic String Sextet

Schulhoff: Brückenbauer in die neue Zeit

Format: CD
Label: Phil.Harmonie
UPC: 4250317416049
Catnr: PHIL 06004
Release date: 01 October 2021
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Label
Phil.Harmonie
UPC
4250317416049
Catalogue number
PHIL 06004
Release date
01 October 2021
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About the album

Erwin Schulhoff was undoubtedly one of the most versatile and imaginative composers of the last century. That his career – and his life – came to an abrupt end in a National Socialist internment camp in 1942 represents one of the great tragedies of Europe's barbaric recent past. Nevertheless, during his brief life, Schulhoff (1894–1942) brilliantly absorbed, transformed, and expressed many of the most significant and progressive creative urges of his age. His catalogue of over 200 compositions includes some of the most fascinating, challenging, exciting, and moving music of the twentieth century.

The three works on this disc were all written by Schulhoff in the 1920s, when his career was at its peak, and display the full range of the composer's colorful, expressive musical palette.

Erwin Schulhoff zählt zweifellos zu den vielseitigsten und fantasiereichsten Komponisten des vergangenen Jahrhunderts. Es ist eine der großen Tragödien der Barbarei in Europas jüngerer Geschichte, dass seine Karriere und sein Leben 1942 in einem Internierungslager der Nazis ein jähes Ende fanden. Nichtsdestoweniger hat Schulhoff während seines kurzen Lebens (1894–1942) auf brillante Weise zahlreiche der wichtigsten und fortschrittlichsten schöpferischen Strömungen seiner Zeit rezipiert, transformiert und expressiv verarbeitet. Etliche seiner insgesamt über 200 Werke zählen zu den faszinierendsten, schwierigsten, aufregendsten und bewegendsten Musikstücken des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Die drei Werke auf dieser CD stammen alle aus den 1920er Jahren, als Schulhoff auf dem Höhepunkt seiner Laufbahn war, und veranschaulichen das gesamte Spektrum seiner bunten, ausdrucksstarken musikalischen Palette.

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Erwin Schulhoff

Erwin Schulhoff is amongst the composers who have fallen into oblivion, and yet played an important role in the history of music. Dvorak already noticed him when he was a young boy, because of his musical talent and interest in everything new. Schulhoff was one of the first European composers to find inspiration in jazz. He mainly made use of harmonic and rhythmic elements and dances like the foxtrot, charleston and shimmy. After the First World War, he also embraced the influence of Dadaism and composed a few pieces with absurd elements, such as In futurum, which consists entirely of rests. In the 1930s, Schulhoff became a sympathizer of communism under influence of his friends, as a result of which he was...
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Erwin Schulhoff is amongst the composers who have fallen into oblivion, and yet played an important role in the history of music. Dvorak already noticed him when he was a young boy, because of his musical talent and interest in everything new.
Schulhoff was one of the first European composers to find inspiration in jazz. He mainly made use of harmonic and rhythmic elements and dances like the foxtrot, charleston and shimmy. After the First World War, he also embraced the influence of Dadaism and composed a few pieces with absurd elements, such as In futurum, which consists entirely of rests.
In the 1930s, Schulhoff became a sympathizer of communism under influence of his friends, as a result of which he was not permitted to perform in Germany. Due to his Jewish descent and radical politic interests his music became labeled as ‘Entartete Musik’. His communist sympathies also brought him trouble in Czechoslovakia, were he had to work under a pseudonym after the invasion of the Nazis. In 1941, the Soviet Union approved his petition for citizenship, but he was arrested and deported to a concentration camp before he could leave Czechoslovakia.
Schulhoff was admired by his acquaintances, and recognized as a promising, gifted talent. As a pianist he was known as a virtuoso with brilliant technique and a strong touch.
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