• CPO9994062 Katalognummer
  • 761203940622 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2017 Utgivelsesår

Auryn Quartett

Braunfels, Walter



Braunfels, Walter:
String Quartet No. 1 Op. 60;
String Quartet No. 2 Op. 61;


The career of the composer Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) followed an unfortunate course frequently encountered in Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. He celebrated his breakthrough in the 1920s and was very successful above all with his opera Die Vögel (The Birds); but when Hitler came to power, these promising developments in the public eye were tragically cut off. Since Braunfels was »half-Jewish,« he was removed from all his posts in 1933, and the performance of his works was prohibited. During the following years of involuntary »inner emigration« (1933-45), Braunfels wrote music of the greatest compositional maturity: three full-length stage works and a series of chamber compositions consisting of three string quartets and a string quintet. Our release of the Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 from the next-to-last war year with the Auryn Quartet marked a recording premiere. This most deeply felt music born of the late-romantic spirit has an inner intensity completely bracketing out the chaos of the outer world (1944!). It reflects the outlook of a composer who knew what it means to experience isolation and held that in creative production one can »find solace in that world of order in which even the profoundest suffering assumes heightened significance because it is presented as an offering.«


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