SIGMUND SCHUL (1916-1944): Fugue for Piano (Allan Sternfield), Duo for Violin and Viola (Reine-Brigitte Sulem [violin], Emmanuella Reiter [viola]), VIKTOR ULLMANN (1898-1944): Symphonies No. 1 "Von meiner Jugend" and No. 2, Overture Don Quixote tanzt Fandango (Prague Symphony Orchestra; Tomás Hanus).
Catalogue Number: 02Q059
Reference: CRC 3356
Description: We offered the three Ullmann pieces just under five years ago (see April 2010 - 04L005 for notes on them) but the 26-minute duo by Schul, like Ullmann's symphonies composed in Terezin, appears to be a first recording. Missing over half of its first movement, it's a 1943 work which draws on the Germanic Romantic tradition with echoes of Schubert and Mozart in that truncated first movement and which closes with a 14-minute theme-and-variations that are heart-easingly melodic.