KAREL REINER (1910-1979): Cello Concerto, Op. 34 (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Zdenek Mácal), Sonata Brevis, Op. 39, Elegy and Capriccio, Verses.
Catalogue Number: 07P062
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0083
Description: Reiner was interned at Terezin and survived Auschwitz, a camp near Dachau and a "death march" only to have his works banned from performance by the Communist Czech government for "formalism"; thus, oblivion. Until now: this is likely the first ever performance of his concerto (1941-43), the last work he completed before being rounded up by the Nazis. It is marked almost throughout by the continuous juxtaposition of dramatic and rhythmic gestures which often give the music a quality of nervous intensity; the rhythms have a strong Slavic cast. The non-orchestral works evolve from echoes of Janácek and Martinu (Sonata brevis - 1946 and Elegy and Capriccio - 1957/1960) to the brittle humor and quasi-atonality of the Stravinskian Verses (1975). Sebastian Foron (vello), Matti Raekallio (piano). SACD hybrid