By Adamas Quartett (Claudia Schwarzl, Anna Dekan, Jakob Gisler), and Roland Herret. By Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986), Hans Krasa (1899-1944), and Ernst Krenek (1900-1991). Country of Origin: Austria. Classical. Listening CD (1 disc). Published by Gramola (NX.GRAM99109).
Item Number: NX.GRAM99109
A great concern for the Austrian Adamas String Quartet has always been the treatment of composers whose works were termed 'degenerate' and banned during the Nazi regime or who themselves became victims of the barbaric extermination machinery. On their second album, the critically acclaimed ensemble devotes itself to the string quartet (1921) by the Czech composer Hans Krasa, a work showing an astounding compositional maturity â€“ despite being only his second published piece. In contrast to Krasa who was later murdered in Auschwitz, Alexandre Tansman was able to exile to the U.S. in 1940, ten years after composing Triptyche for string quartet. Ernst Krenek, later as well being forced to migrate, also published his Neoromantic-oriented String Quartet No. 5 Op. 65 in the year 1930.
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