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Gottlieb Wallisch: 20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1

By Franz Mittler

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Composed by Franz Mittler, Jaroslav Jezek, Karel Boleslav Jirak, Leopold Krauss-Elka, Wilhelm Grosz, Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942), Hanns Eisler (1898-1962), Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), Ralph Benatzky (1884-1957), Julius Bittner (1874-1939), Alois Haba (1893-1973), Felix Petyrek (1892-), and Jaromir Weinberger (1886-1967). Classical. CD. Naxos #GP813. Published by Naxos (NX.GP813).

Item Number: NX.GP813

During the inter-war period, in the cities of the West, a younger generation found ways to enjoy life in the form of dances such as shimmies, foxtrots, tangos and Charlestons: strong rhythms that became a symbol of a carefree and decadent era. The new jazz craze took hold everywhere, and Krenek's opera Jonny spielt auf became an overnight sensation. The inter-war Zeitgeist in Vienna and the Czech lands is reflected in a programme full of premiere recordings - many of which were hits in their day - rich with fashionable dynamism, syncopation and joie de vivre. Born in Vienna, Gottlieb Wallisch first appeared on the concert platform when he was seven years old, and at the age of twelve made his debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. A concert directed by Yehudi Menuhin in 1996 launched Wallisch's international career: accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia, the seventeen-year-old pianist performed Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. Since then Wallisch has received invitations to the world's most prestigious concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich, and the NCPA in Beijing, also the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Festivals of Lucerne and Salzburg, December Nights in Moscow, and the Singapore Arts Festival.

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