The obvious talent of the Austrian composer and musicologist Hans Gál was recognized after the First World War by such legends as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Richard Strauss. During the interwar his opera’s were performed in more than 20 theatres. The national-socialists chased him first in 1933 from Berlin to Vienna, and in 1938 from there to Great Britain. He lives on because of his editions of the works of Johannes Brahms and because he was one of the founders of the famous Edinburgh Festival. His very rich oeuvre enjoys renewed attention in our century.. Toby Hughes and Elena Nemtsova surprised the audience last year in a very pleasant way with their interpretation of Franck’s violin sonata, for double bass and piano. That beautiful and convincing gesture will be continued with their rendition of the first cello sonata by Brahms.
Hans Gál (1890-1987) Serenade op.93 (1935)
Alan R. Kay clarinet, Peter Brunt violin, Larissa Groeneveld violoncello
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata in e, op.38 (1862-65)
Toby Hughes double bass & Elena Nemtsova piano