Toch: Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 64
Ernst Toch, piano, with the Kaufman Quartet
Recorded February 20, 1941
Columbia Masterworks set MM-460, four 78-rpm records
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The work is unusual in that, instead of the usual tempo marks for movement headings, Toch calls his movements "The Lyrical Part," "The Whimsical Part," and so on. Otherwise the piece is conventional in form, and the harmonic language reminds me of Hindemith. However, while Hindemith often sounds as if he is channeling Bach, Toch here could be channeling Schumann, for the gestures and intent surely stem from the 19th century rather than the 18th.
Columbia had, in the early 1940s, exactly two works by the expatriate, Jewish Toch (he settled in California in the mid-1930s) on its catalogue, both of which were deleted by the end of the Second World War. Here is the other one:
Toch: Pinocchio - A Merry Overture (1935)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Stock
Recorded April 26, 1941
Columbia Masterworks 11665-D, one 78-rpm record
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After the war it fell to independent West Coast labels, such as Alco, to further Toch's cause. (In fact, Toch recorded the Piano Quintet again for Alco, on an early LP.) An excellent Toch discography can be found here. Its compiler, Claude Torres, has an impressive site devoted to music of Jewish composers impacted by the Holocaust.