ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942): Cello Sonata in A Minor, 3 Stücke for Cello and Piano, KARL GOLDMARK (1830-1915): Cello Sonata, Op. 39, ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): Tanzlied des Pierrot from Die tote Stadt, 4 Pieces from Viel Lärmen um Nichts, Op. 11, Romance-Impromptu from the film Deception.
Catalogue Number: 05I012
Reference: NIM 5806
Description: Two world premiere recordings anchor this disc of music by German-Jewish composers. Dating from 1891, the Zemlinsky Stücke are salon-like, attractive pieces well-attuned to their genre but the major find is the half-hour long sonata from 1894 which was edited by Antony Beaumont from a fuzzy photocopy from cellist Wallfisch's father Peter's nachlass. Composed at the same time as the Circassian-sited opera Sarema, the sonata has some of that work's exoticism. From another workd entirely, of course, is Goldmark's rapt, Brahmsian sonata from only four years before the Zemlinsky while the Korngold transcriptions make for an attractive dessert. Raphael Wallfisch (cello), John York (piano).