ERNST TOCH (1887-1964): Die chinesische Flöte for Soprano and 14 Instruments, Op. 29, 5 Pieces for Wind Instruments and Percussion, Op. 83, Egon und Emilie for Soprano, Speaker and 7 Wind Instruments, Op. 46, Quartet for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Viola, Op. 98.
Catalogue Number: 05M056
Reference: 777 092
Description: The largest work here is the 1922 "Chinese Flute" with six movements, three vocal (setting the ever-useful Hans Bethge translations of ancient Chinese poetry) and three instrumental. Far from pseudo-Orientalism, Toch uses all kinds of styles (pentatonic, diatonic and chromatic methods, homophony, polyphony, ostinati, complex polyphonic layering) but the main sense of the exotic comes from his brilliant use of five percussionists who produce all manner of striking sound combinations. The two works for winds are late (1959 and 1964) and are quite approachable and tonal while we've heard the comically virtuosic self-absorbed Emilie and her non-stop verbal deluge before on a Channel Classics release in Sept. 2009 (09L078). German-English texts. Maria Karb, Brita Ströher (sopranos), Mutare Ensemble; Gerhard Müller-Hornbach.