Eine kleine Suite von Stücken über denselbigen Choral, verschiedenen Charakters, Op. 13a
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 121
Sechs Vermessene, Op. 168
Toccata und Chaconne über den Choral ‘Ja ich glaub’ an Jesum Christum’, Op. 13
Zwei Suiten, Op. 26, No. 1
Zwei Suiten, Op. 26, No. 2
Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
This first extended survey of the piano music of Ernst Krenek (1900–91) continues with a range of works showing his craftsmanship and imagination – and humour. The early Toccata and Chaconne, Op. 13, has its origins in a joke intended to pull the legs of musicologists and music critics, but it develops into a massive contrapuntal essay of astonishing ambit. Krenek’s treatment of Baroque and contemporary dances in the three early suites reveal a fondness for learned whimsy – and that wry dispassion informs even the elegiac and brittle Fifth Sonata, written a quarter-century later in American exile. The closing Sechs Vermessene are kaleidoscopic miniatures with an improvised quality, as if advanced musical modernism were meeting the freest of free jazz.