1926, vol. 6: Jongen, Schoeck, Cassadó

Of all the music composed in 1926, I’d name Leos Janáček’s Sinfonietta as the best piece. (We’ll get to Janáček in vol. 8 of the 1926 shows.) […] Click here to continue reading a transcript of this podcast.

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Schoeck, Lebendig Begraben
Jongen, Symphonie Concertante
Cassadó, Cello Concerto in D Minor
Cassadó, Dance of the Green Devil
Cassadó, Piano Trio

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  1. Comment by William Block made on January 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    It is amazing to think that all of this was going on in the year 1926, which seems like the dim distant past. I did have an LP recording of Symphonie Concertante by Jongen performed by Virgil Fox back in the 1960’s. He was one of Fox’s favorite composers and even transcribed the entire work for solo organ so he could play it more frequently.

    Schoeck’s “Buried Alive” is quite a disturbing subject, especially if one is claustrophobic. In the listening samples, I found the orchestrations very expansive and fresh sounding. Again, I amazed at what was going on in the past.

    Of the three composers, Cassado certainly caught my ear the most. In my college days, my room mate had a recording of Cassado along with Menuhin, and the photo on the cover showed his cello, which had the most unusual tailpiece – actually it was not a tailpiece at all – it was like springs connecting the strings to the end pin. I have never seen anything like it before or since. I assume it was his 1709 Stad cello. The cello concerto is really good. The Green Devil Dance is FUN. I am sure our son would be interested in exploring these pieces.

    In the listening samples we get all of the other composers that are on the recording and some proved to be a rather pleasant surprise–such as Frank Martin and the Hans Pfitzner Opera.

    I knew that Pablo Casals composed a good bit, but I was not aware of Cassado’s work and was delighted to discover it. Again, great job Brian !!

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