HANS WEISSE (1892-1940): Clarinet Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Clarinet Sonata, Op. 10.
Catalogue Number: 12U004
Reference: 948 2078-6
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Weisse was a pupil of Heinrich Schenker, whose radical approach to music theory won him many adherents particularly in the United States. In 1930 Weisse himself accepted an appointment in New York, where he died mysteriously at the early age of 48. Weisse did most of his composing during his years in Vienna, before Wilhelm Furtwängler called him to Berlin for instruction in Schenker’s compositional methods. Fortunately for lovers of late Romantic music, Schenker and Weisse followed the tonal traditions established by Brahms. These two works - a 27-minute sonata from 1921 and a big, 43-minute, four-movement quintet from 1926 - are works that Brahms might have written had he lived another 20-30 years; only fleeting hints of “expressionist” color attest to their actual dates. Berolina Ensemble.