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Posted October 1, 2010
The ARC Ensemble is based in Toronto, where Two Roads to Exile was recorded. This is their third album, and their first two were nominated for Grammy awards, so the quality is very high. The first four tracks are a string sextet by Adolf Busch, and the last four are a string quintet by Walter Braunfels. The first is light and airy and beautiful, while the latter is darker and pretty intense. But the last track (the finale) in particular was my favourite; it sounds like something out of a film.
I'd never heard of Busch or Braunfels, but I was interested in their story when I first read about it on the back of this album. Both were composers in 1930s Germany, and both were forced out by the Nazi regime. Busch left Germany for good in 1933 on moral grounds, while Braunfels (half-Jewish) stayed and hid in the countryside. Neither received much acclaim even after the war, and I think this is the first recording of these two string pieces.There's a lot of information on both of their lives in the liner notes, in English and in German.
A really great find!