Hans Gál (1890-1987)
First Recordings!
Suite op. 6 for violoncello and piano
Two Scottish Rhapsodies


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata D major op. 78 “rainsong-sonata” for for piano and violoncello (Arr. Paul Klengel)

Rebecca Rust, violoncello

Frederick Blum, piano

sound samples

order no. CCD 281
EAN 4028183002815

about this recording:

The composer Hans Gál was born near Vienna in 1890. Following considerable success in the 1920s, he was appointed Director of the Conservatory in Mainz in 1929. Hitler's accession to power in 1933 led to his instant dismissal and the banning of all his works. He returned to Vienna, but was again to forced to flee by Hitler's annexation of Austria in 1938. He emigrated to Britain and settled in Edinburgh, where he remained active until his death in 1987.

On this CD issue are found among the Suite op. 6 the Two Scottish Rhapsodies for violoncello and piano as world first recording. Cavalli-Records continues - after the recordings of the duet for bassoon and violoncello by Hans Gál (CCD 257) and works by Robert Kahn (CCD 269) - the serie with works by forgotten jewish-european composers.


Hans Gál: Suite op. 6 for violoncell and piano (1919)

Johannes Brahms: Sonate D major for piano and violoncello op. 78 „Rainsong-Sonata“ (Arr. by Paul Klengel)

Hans Gál: Two Scottish Rhapsodies for violoncell and piano (1960)

sound samples (mp3):

Hans Gál: Suite op. 6, 1 I Präludium, 2 II Burleske, 3 III Aria, 4 IV Capriccio

Johannes Brahms: Sonata D major op. 78, 5 Vivace ma non troppo, 6 Adagio, 7 Allegro molto moderato

Hans Gál: Two Scottish Rhapsodies, 8 I Con anima, 9 II Molto moderato

This is a must-have disc for fanciers of late Romantic music for cello and piano. Rebecca Rust is quite wonderful, sporting a solid technique and a vibrant, singing tone (see review, one hopes also in this issue, of her Kahn and Brahms CD). Frederick Blum could, at times, have been a bit less self-effacing, but he is an able partner. Outstanding sound. Strongly recommended.
FANFARE MAGAZINE (USA): Review by Jerry Dubins

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