Premiere recordings of Jerzy Fitelberg | ARC Ensemble (September 2015)

The ARC Ensemble presents works by the Polish composer Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951) on its newest release and unveils five pieces as premiere recordings.

During the National Socialist era, Jerzy Fitelberg was forced to leave Poland due to his Jewish roots and to flee to America in 1933. The five works, presented on the album, were composed between 1921 and 1943 and thus before and during his exile in America. They present the whole range of Fitelberg’s chamber music compositions.

The Canadian ARC Ensemble consisting of members of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto plays a leading role in the rediscovery of repertoire previously repressed due to political upheaval. The ensemble’s work has received the highest praise from the international press and its concerts and recordings are thoroughly researched.

After publishing chamber music recordings by Paul Ben-Haim in 2013 this new recording is the second cooperation between the ARC Ensemble and Chandos in the series “Music in Exile”.

ARC Ensemble: New CD in September (August 2015)

In the end of September 2015 the Canadian ARC Ensemble will release a new CD  with the British label Chandos.

Five never-before-published works by the Polish composer Jerzy Fitelberg (1903 – 1951) will be presented:

String Quartet No. 1 (1926)

Serenade for Viola and Piano (1943)

Sonatine for Two Violins (1939)

String Quartet No. 2 (1928)

Fisches Nachtgesang, Nachtmusik op. 9 (1921)     

Release Date: 28 September 2015

NEW at PR2 classic: ARC Ensemble from Toronto (September 2014)

PR² classic has pleasure in introducing you to the ARC Ensemble: the Artists of The Royal Conservatory Toronto are committed to unearthing repertoire ignored due to political changes or shifts in musical fashion with a focus on composers who were forced to flee Europe during the 1930s. Its “Music in Exile” series has been presented to huge critical acclaim in New York, London, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Toronto.

The first two CDs, On the Threshold of Hope and Right Through the Bone (devoted respectively to the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Julius Röntgen) were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2007 and 2008 in the “Best Chamber Music Recording” category. The most recent CD release is dedicated to the chamber music of another émigré, the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (née Frankenburger) who left Germany in 1933.

The members of the ARC ensemble are all soloists in their own right and senior faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, with guest artists drawn from its most exceptional students and graduates. Over the last ten years the Ensemble has become one of Canada’s pre-eminent cultural ambassadors and has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The ARC Ensemble’s Artistic Director is Simon Wynberg.

The ARC Ensemble has collaborated with a range of artists: the pianist Leon Fleisher, the novelist Yann Martel, actors Saul Rubinek and R.H.Thompson, and composers R. Murray Schafer, Omar Daniel and Vincent Ho.

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