Divertimenti

Miller-Porfiris Duo

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"Miller and Porfiris are in great form throughout the CD, both playing with a warm, rich tone and with a clarity, spirit and bright- ness that serves these delightful works perfectly."- The Whole Note, May 2017

From the forbidden to the famed - a CD of little-played works for violin and viola by composers who are linked through underlying themes of nationalism and exile. Music of Robert Fuchs, Ernst Toch, and Bohuslav Martinu.

"Divertimenti", the third CD from the Miller-Porfiris Duo, features two nationalistic composers that ended up in exile due to war (Martinu and Toch), and a third composer (Fuchs), the majority of whose students ended up in exile due to the same war. Fuchs takes you on a journey through a Vienna of coffeehouses and Sachertorte with foreshadowing of Mahler and even the political upheaval of World War I in some very avant-garde harmonies and melodic directions. Toch continues that journey with a different form of expressionism that barrels past the new Viennese school of Mahler, Schoenberg and Berg and smacks into Hindemith and World War II. Meanwhile, in Bohemia, Martinu was exploring his own version of the new harmonies and that led him eventually after the war to the piece we hear now. An interesting theme links the three composers: Fuchs had at one time taught Toch along with Mahler and Zemlinsky; most of Fuchs's students, Toch included, ended up emigrating to America because of the circumstances of World War II. Martinu also experienced Nazi persecution for his political views and left his beloved homeland for the United States.

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