JÓZEF KOFFLER (1896-1944): 17 selections from 40 Polish Folksongs for Piano, Op. 6, Musique - Quasi una sonata for Piano, Op. 8, String Trio, Op. 10 (Zebra Trio), Sonatine for Piano, Op. 12, Variations on a Waltz by Johann Strauss for Piano, Op. 23, JOHANNES SCHÖLLHORN (b.1962): Spur for Ensemble (Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik; Johannes Kalitzke).
Catalogue Number: 03S056
Reference: 777 979-2
Description: What makes Koffler so remarkable is that he was not only the first Pole to adopt twelve-tone serialism but that he often used folk materials and aligned himself with Neo-Classicism (the op. 6 Folksongs were his last non-serial work). Reconciling folk traditions with serialism puts him in comparison with Skalkottas, Dallapiccola and Vogel. A major work here is the set of Strauss variations whose boldness, humor and biting wit scandalized reviewers when they were first performed in 1936. Martin von der Heydt (piano).