ERNST TOCH (1887-1964): Tanz-Suite for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Percussion, Op. 30, Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 35.
Catalogue Number: 12I058
Description: These works come from successive years (1923 and 1924 when Toch's spirits were high and the future bright) and both use small forces. Commissioned for a dance class at the conservatory where Toch also taught, the suite uses violin, viola, double bass, flute, clarinet and percussion in its four original movements (expressing woodland moods for a dance poem entitled "The Woods") and two intermezzos subsequently added to flesh the work out for concert performance. It is in neo-classical style like its disc-mate which uses a string quintet and wind quintet plus percussion to support its soloist (although all players have their individual turns here) in the four movements of the classical symphony: a contrapuntal first, nimble scherzo, texturally dense and expressive slow movement and rondo finale. Christian Poltéra (cello), Spectrum Concerts Berlin; Thomas Carroll.