Music of Erich Itor Kahn
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR563     Release Date: 2007-01-01
John Sessions, cello; Thomas Gunther, piano; John Sessions, cello; Catherine Gayer, soprano; Frank Maus, piano; Johannes Prelle, violin


Although strongly influenced by Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Itor Kahn (b 1905, Rimbach, Germany; d 1956, New York City) developed his own distinct and original musical language very early on. He began to compose during the era in which fascism and Nazism, with their reactionary influences, dominated all artistic activities in many parts of Europe. Despite these hostile surroundings, Kahn unswervingly followed the developments of his musical style.

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Kahn and his wife Frida were forced to leave Germany and settled in Paris. In 1940, Germany invaded France, and, as foreigners of German origin, both Kahns were interned in concentration camps. Finally, in 1941, with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dushin, they were able to immigrate to the USA where, in 1947, they became citizens. There, Kahn became a highly respected pianist and teacher.


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from Eight Inventions, Op. 7: Invention VIII
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from Eight Inventions, Op. 7: Invention IV
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from Eight Inventions, Op. 7: Invention VII
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Nenia Judaeis Qui Hac Aetate Perierunt: I. Andante Molto Sustenuto
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Nenia Judaeis Qui Hac Aetate Perierunt: II. Allegro Moderato, Ma Con Molto Fuoco
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Three Bagatelles: Moderato (for Erich Schmid)
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Three Bagatelles: Adagio, Vivo, Adagio (for Rene Leibowitz)
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Three Bagatelles: Poco allegro (for Beveridge Webster)
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Trois Chansons Populaires: J'ai repousse la bonne rive
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Trois Chansons Populaires: D'oÌ_ vient que le soleil s'en est allÌ©
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Trois Chansons Populaires: Dessus l'herbe
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Adagio: (Rhapsodie) from Concerto a Due
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Four Pieces on Medieval German Poems: I. Maria ging wohl lÌ_ngs dem Meer
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Four Pieces on Medieval German Poems: II. Ich wollt mich zur lieben Maria
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Four Pieces on Medieval German Poems: III. Maria durch ein' Dornwald ging
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Four Pieces on Medieval German Poems: IV. Ave Maria, ein' Ros' ohn alle Dorn
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