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Schulhoff: 'Forbidden Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schulhoff: 'Forbidden Music'

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'Forbidden Music'

Piano Concerto [No 2], Op 43 (a). Suite No 3. Suite dansante en jazz. Ironies, Op 34 (b)

Daahoud Salim, bNadezda Filippova pf (a) Amsterdam Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Grams

Challenge Classics (F) CC72730 (59' * DDD)

Erwin Schulhoff's Second Piano Concerto of 1923 is a strange beast, opening among chiming solo figurations, with woodwinds intoning above them, then by 1' 51" (on this recording) slipping into 'song without end' mode, complete with a weepy violin accompaniment. Pianist Frank-Immo Zichner (with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Roland Kluttig) seems less at home with this aspect of the piece than does Daahoud Salim, though when it comes to the hard-hitting Allegro alia jazz finale Zichner goes for all-out-aggression, at least initially. It's an impressive work, with expansive cadenza episodes (solo piano and solo violin again engage unaccompanied for a chunk of the finale) and there's some very mysterious orchestral writing around the centre of the piece.

The other 'accompanied' composition included is for piano four hands (where Salim is joined by Nadezda Filippova), the Ironies, Op 34 of 1923, its closing movements--Allegro deciso and Tempo de fox--dominated by the brand of 'theatre jazz' that was at the hub of SchulhofPs 'Roaring Twenties' phase. …

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