Hans Gál (1890–1987) : Chamber Music for Clarinet
Toccata Classics TOCC0377
Ensemble Burletta

Shelley Levy, clarinet
Katalin Kertész, violin
Joanne Green, violin (Tracks 1 – 3)
Nichola Blakey, viola (Tracks 1 – 3)
Cressida Nash, cello (Tracks 1 – 3)
Pavel Timofeyevsky, piano (Tracks 4 – 6)

01.10.2016

 

Clarinet Quintet, Op. 107 (1977)* 24:36

  1. I. Allegro comodo 7:48
  2. II. Lento – quasi allegretto 9:43
  3. III. Poco adagio – allegro molto 7:05

Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 97 (1950) 20:28

  1. I. Moderato assai 8:03
  2. II. Andantino capriccioso 6:09
  3. III. Tema con variazioni 6:16

Serenade for Clarinet, Violin and Cello, Op. 93 (1935)* 20:19

  1. I. Cantabile 7:47
  2. II. Burletta 3:58
  3. III. Intermezzo 3:06
  4. IV. Giocoso 5:28

Like Brahms and Reger, Hans Gál (1890–1987) expressed some of his last musical thoughts in the form of a Clarinet Quintet, this one written when its composer was 87 years old.
But the earlier works here – the Serenade written in Vienna between Gál’s expulsion from Nazi Germany and his flight after the Anschluss, and the Trio, composed in his new home of Edinburgh – reveal that its elegiac, autumnal lyricism was his natural mode of expression.
In these three scores, indeed, he produced some of the loveliest music in the clarinet repertoire.