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Rathaus: Piano Music, Vol. 1

By Daniel Wnukowski

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By Daniel Wnukowski. By Karol Rathaus (1895-1954). Classical. Listening CD. Toccata Classics #TOCC0511. Published by Toccata Classics (NX.TOCC0511).

Item Number: NX.TOCC0511

Karol Rathaus (1895-1954), born on the eastern fringes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was one of the myriad Jewish composers who had to abandon a successful career in Europe, where he wrote for stage, screen and concert hall, and flee to the USA; there he earned his living in academia, working in obscurity. This first recording of his piano music reveals a powerful and individual voice, where echoes of his distant homeland color a musical language that is striking for its harmonic tension and rhythmic energy. Hailed as "rapturous and glowing" by International Record Review and "an inspirational and devoted pianist" by Life & Arts - Financial Times, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia in prestigious concert halls. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Poznan Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic with conductors such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos. He has also performed in numerous International Festivals such as Chopin and His Europe in Warsaw, Poland; Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Pre-LSO Concert Series in London, UK.

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