Album: Schulhoff/Ullmann/Tausky, Lost Generation – ECO/Parry/Anton/Ryan (Gramola)

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Of the generation of Czech composers who perished in the death camps, Erwin Schulhoff is the most enigmatic.

In David Parry's recording with the English Chamber Orchestra, his tangy Double Concerto is crisply realised. Kenneth Woods' arrangement of Viktor Ullmann's String Quartet No 3 has great depth of sound but loses the harrowing immediacy of the original. Vilem Tausky's "Coventry", written in exile, completes a testament to creative resilience.