Klein

COMPOSERS: Klein
LABELS: Koch
WORKS: Fantasie & Fugue; Piano Sonata; String Trio; Two Madrigals
PERFORMER: Allan Sternfield (piano), members of the Group for New Music, members of the Prague Philharmonic Chorus/Pavel Kühn
CATALOGUE NO: 3-7230-2 DDD
Gideon Klein was a Moravian-Jewish pianist and composer who was killed by the Nazis in January 1945, when he was in his mid-20s. The music here, composed in the Terezín transit camp, shows him to have been a disciple of both Berg and his fellow Moravian, Janacék. The performers – Czech singers and Israeli instrumentalists – give dedicated accounts of these inventive works which only go to emphasise the tragedy of Klein’s premature death. Matthew Rye

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