The Rossetti Ensemble's three CDs of the fascinating music of Robert Fürstenthal is now available from Toccata Classics. This was a major undertaking for the ensemble who were excited to discover sonatas for violin, viola, cello, oboe, flute and horn (all with piano), as well as piano trios and a string quartet. Music of quality, none of which having been previously recorded. The CDs can be listened to at the Toccata Classics website or on spotify.....
When Germany invaded Austria in 1938, Robert Fürstenthal, born in 1920, took the path of many Viennese Jews and fled to the United States, where he made his living as an accountant; the fact that he had written music in his youth was soon forgotten. Re-connection, after 35 years, with the woman who had been his first love rekindled both that flame and his urge to compose, and from then on songs and chamber music flowed from his pen, preserving the spirit of fin-de-siècle Vienna under the Californian sun – ‘When I compose, I am back in Vienna’, he explained. He died in November 2016, aged 96, knowing that his lyrical, eloquent music was at last attracting the attention of both musicians and microphones.