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1995 Arte Nova Classics/BMG release

Ervin Schulhoff, a Czech of Jewish-German descent, is one of those interesting composers lost during WWII - he died in the Wulzburg, Bavaria concentration camp in 1942.
While he may not bring anything strikingly new to the world of music, he does manage to do a great deal with what already exists. Having written 7 symphonies, 2 string quartets, numerous sonatas for various instruments, and a healthy dose of piano works...it's easy to see how this disc barely scratches the surface. What it does do is provide an interesting and accessible way to discover this greatly under-appreciated composer.
Apart from being an important exponent of quarter-tone music, Schulhoff is also known for incorporating jazz into his instrumental and orchestral works. The Suite on this disc contains six movements, each based on a form of "modern" dance.
The Second Symphony (also referred to as the Symphony for Radio) contains a Third Movement: Scherzo alla Jazz. The piece is rather short for a symphony, being just short of eighteen minutes in length, but it's quite a bit of fun nonetheless. Like the Suite, his Symphony No. 2 is dance-oriented music, but it is not the true gem on this disc. That spot is reserved for the Ogelala "Ballettmysterium".
Written during the early twenties, Schuloff based this ballet on the rhythms of Native American dances. The plot, too, revolves around an American Indian chief (Ogelala) and his antagonist. The music and the story is fierce and unforgettable. As mentioned in the sparse notes on the piece, it was inspired by Stravinsky's "Le sacre du printemps"--Amazon customer review

Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 conducted by Marcello Viotti
Suite, Op. 37 & Ogelala, Op. 53 conducted by Oliver von Dohnanyi

Used CD in Ex condition. Stock photo

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