track of the month: august
You're listening to the Hawthorne String Quartet performance (recorded on a Decca Entartete Musik CD) of "The Moon and I," the third movement, Largo e Misterioso, of the String Quartet No. 2, "From the Monkey Mountains," by Terezín composer
Pavel Haas, born in 1899 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, was the prize pupil of Leos Janacek and is known primarily for his song cycles and string quartets. He was deported to Terezín in 1941, and he officially divorced his wife so that she and their child would not suffer a similar fate. With Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa, and others, Haas became a major figure in the camp's cultural life. He was murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1944.
"Decca's Entartete Musik series could well be one of the most valuable and important ongoing projects that the record industry has on offer at the moment. . . . Excellent performances by the Hawthorne Quartet.
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