Toch: Piano Cto #1, Pinocchio, Big Ben, Peter Pan
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Ernst Toch (1887-1964) was one of the many talented German composers who emigrated to the United States before the onset of World War II and subsequently reestablished their careers here.
This recording of four previously unavailable orchestral works will undoubtedly contribute to the continuing reassessment of his Toch's masterfully crafted and inspired music.
Toch's atonality in the Piano Concerto No. 1 (1926) was cutting-edge for its day and sounds today more like a work of the 1940s. Although he never adopted twelve-tone technique to any great extent, he developed a well-defined strategy for writing atonal music in a listenable and lively way.
Peter Pan (1956) is not so different in style, but shows tremendous advances in orchestrational sophistication.
Reissued due to popular demand.
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