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Kowalski: Acht Lieder Nach Gedichte Von Hafis

Magazine article Gramophone

Kowalski: Acht Lieder Nach Gedichte Von Hafis

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Kowalski Acht Lieder nach Gedichte von Hafis. Ein schoner Stern geht auf in meiner Nacht. Der Fruhling. Nachtgerausche. Reifefreuden. Pierrot lunaire. Ernste Stunde. Immer wieder. Der Panther. Liebeslied

Wolfgang Holzmair bar Therese Lindquist of Bridge (F) BRIDGE9431 (61' * DDD) Recorded live at the Munich Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, November 4.2011

A Frankfurt-based copyright lawyer and synagogue cantor, Max Kowalski (1882-1956) was a part-time composer of songs--over 200 in all--some of which were popular in Germany until 1933, when his work was proscribed by the Nazis. Though he considered himself 'an arch Romantic', his career intersects with Schoenberg's. In 1913 Kowalski composed a setting for voice and piano of Giraud's Pierrot lunaire, usually called the Pierrot Lieder to distinguish it from Schoenberg's masterpiece, of which Kowalski was unaware. Schoenberg, however, subsequently became one of his legal clients, and the two corresponded after Kowalski was forced into exile following the closure of his law firm, the confiscation of his property and a brief internment in Buchenwald. He never returned to Germany and died in London, where he worked as a singing teacher. …

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