ROBERT FÜRSTENTHAL (1920-2016): Chamber Music, Vol. 1 - Cello Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op. 58, Violin Sonata in B Minor, Op. 43, Viola Sonata in D Minor, Op. 57, Sonata for 2 Oboes and Piano in D Minor, Op. 56, Piano Trio, Op. 65.
Catalogue Number: 07V046
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0519
Description: Fürstenthal's biography is libretto-worthy. An Austrian Jew who escaped the Nazis and established a new life in America, he abandoned the promising musical talent that he had exhibited in Vienna, and his first, and only, true love - his cousin Franziska Trinczer (Françoise). An accounting career took up the next third of a century, which also saw a failed marriage, a number of unsuccessful relationships, a bureaucratically stifled attempt to reconnect with Françoise - and no composition whatsoever. Thirty-five years later, Robert discovered that Françoise was living in the USA; they rekindled their romance and were married - and the flood-gates were opened to a late-flowering outpouring of music. He took up where he had left off, enthralled by European Romanticism, and composed unapologetically and unironically in the style of the late 19th century. "When I compose, I am back in Vienna", he said, and these richly eloquent works have an originality of voice that happens to be that of a little-known contemporary of Brahms, but are emphatically none the worse for that. The Rossetti Ensemble.