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The music left by the Czech composers imprisoned in Terezin and then murdered by the Nazis during World War II is one of the marvels of twentieth century art. Had they lived and continued to write, the work of Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa, Pavel Haas and especially Gideon Klein would surely have taken its place beside that of the masters of the period.
The first movement of the Quintet - For Gideon Klein - develops from the opening motive of his Piano Sonata, and the entire movement grows out of those few notes. The second movement - For Pavel Haas - borrows an ostinato from the last movement of his Woodwind Quintet, op. 10. The last movement quotes the duet between Death and the Harlequin from Viktor Ullmann’s remarkable opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, its poignant and ironic touch perfectly capturing the wistful nostalgia of an era receding rapidly into the past.
- I. For Gideon Klein (11')
II. For Pavel Haas (7')
III. For Viktor Ullmann (9')
- Editions Bim