Out of the darkest isolation, a composer saw lightmain
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
In a dark moment of isolation, I found myself listening to Viktor Ullmann, a student of the atonalist Schoenberg and the microtonalist Haba who never really found his voice until darkness descended and he faced segregation and extinction. Before 1939 he’d enjoyed fragments of international attention, with a piano sonata premiered in London at the Wigmore Hall and a few more glimmers of invitation.
In 1939, after the Germans occupied Prague, he set about writing a piano concerto …
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