These five works for chamber orchestra by Ernst Krenek (1900–91) were written between 1931 and 1979 – both before and long after Krenek abandoned Hitler’s Austria for California. They demonstrate that serial music, in capable hands, does not have to abandon the virtues of more conservative idioms: the emotions embraced here range from translucent lyricism, via powerful dramatic utterance, to uneasy existentialist humour.
"... The recording is clear and powerful and the orchestral playing is excellent. This is a good investment, presenting mostly late pieces..."
David Moore - American Record Guide - March/April 2013
"... This Toccata Classics CD is a model of fine production values. Magisterial performances and honest, well-balanced sound aid Krenek’s eloquent music ... It’s an absolute must for Krenek fanciers, and everyone should hear The Nightingale. "
James H North - Fanfare - March/April 2013