- Audio CD (Sep 19 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Classic Talent
- ASIN: B00004YLD9
Although Toch's music was to grow increasingly chromatic as time passed, these two pieces (written in the first decade of the 20th century) fit comfortably into the middle- to late-Romantic era. Both have a great melodic appeal based in lyrical melodies floating amid light and graceful textures. There is nothing heavy in either of these pieces which may not shake the world but revel in the pleasures of musicmaking. Try either of these pieces after a hard day at work--I think they'll do wonders for your mood.
The Braude Quartet plays these pieces with a laid-back charm which doesn't try to expand them into something they're not. There is a slightly edgy quality to their sound which distracts a little bit from the coziness of the music, but is not a major detriment. (Perhaps a little touch on the equalizer will tame it.)
In any case, if you like Schubert, you'll like this. It's another piece in the puzzle of one of the better, if lesser-known, composers of the 20th century. Maybe Classic recordings can be convinced to have these musicians give us more of Toch's quartets.