HANS GÁL SOCIETY TO PRESENT ENSEMBLE EPOMEO

For Immediate Release

 

 

HANS GÁL SOCIETY TO PRESENT

ENSEMBLE EPOMEO

 

 

The Hans Gál Society will present a special concert by the American string trio Ensemble Epomeo on Sunday, 15th April, in Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The concert will mark the first time that Gál’s two string trios will be performed in a single concert. Also on the programme are highlights from Bach’s Goldberg Variations as arranged for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky, and Beethoven’s Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 3.

Austrian composer and musicologist Hans Gál lived and worked in Edinburgh for over forty years, teaching a generation of young musicians at Edinburgh Universityand helping to found the Edinburgh Festival. However, in the decades after World War II, his music largely fell into obscurity, rarely played even in his adopted country until recently.

Gál had been one of the most popular composers of his generation in the German-speaking world in the 1920s, but when Hitler came to power in 1933, Gál, like so many other Jewish composers of his generation, had his music immediately banned and lost his position as director of the Conservatory inMainz.

Although his music remained relatively popular in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, performances gradually became rarer, but a number of recent recordings have helped to put Gál’s music back on the international stage. Ensemble Epomeo’s cellist, Kenneth Woods, has been particularly active in promoting Gál’s music as a conductor – he is in the midst of recording the first complete cycle of Gál’s symphonies with the Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan. The first instalment in their series was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, theUSA’s national radio news programme, and was broadcast on “Performance Today” to over 260 public radio stations in theUnited States. The recordings have also received exceptional notice throughout the music press in theUK, including features in Gramophone Magazine and BBC Radio 3’s CD Review.

Founded on the slopes of Mount Epomeo on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, Ensemble Epomeo have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles to emerge in recent years. Their debut recording for Avie Records, pairing world-premiere recordings of the two Gál string trios with works by Gál’s contemporary Hans Krása, is scheduled for release in Summer 2012. The ensemble has partnerships with important festivals in theUK andUSA, and in 2013, they will become ensemble in residence at one of the most prestigious festivals inCanada, the Scotia Festival of Music.

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CONCERT INFORMATION

Hans Gál Society presents Ensemble Epomeo

(Caroline Chin, violin ▪ David Yang, viola ▪ Kenneth Woods, cello)

Venue :  Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile,Edinburgh

Date : Sunday 15th April 2012

Time :4:00 pm

Programme :

Bach (arr Sikovetsky) Goldberg Variations (selection)

Gál Trio in F-sharp minor, Op. 104

Gál Serenade in D major, Op. 41

Beethoven Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 3

Tickets: £10 full, £8 concessions, £7 Society members

Available from Hub Tickets:0131 473 2000, www.hubtickets.co.uk, or from the Hans Gál Society

(0131 667 8819, tanya@hansgalsociety.org), or on the door

 

 

RECORDING INFORMATION

Gál Trio in F-sharp minor, Op. 104

Gál Serenade in D major, Op. 41

Krása Tanec

Krása Passacaglia and Fugue

Ensemble Epomeo

Avie Records

Release date: Summer 2012

 

 

ABOUT THE HANS GÁL SOCIETY

The Hans Gál Society is a registered charity whose aim is to extend awareness of Gál’s life and work by supporting performances, recordings, publications and study, and to preserve his musical legacy for future generations.

“Every note Gál wrote or played had real meaning. As a composer, he never bothered to follow fashion – nor to react against it. He created in a way that was true to himself – and that is surely the only way that music can have real value.” – Steven Isserlis

 

For more information on Hans Gál and instructions for joining the Hans Gál Society, email tanya@hansgalsociety.org or visit www.hansgalsociety.org