Gideon Klein – String Trio: I. Allegro

Having won numerous awards including the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and the 2011 Grand Prix de Muses and selling over 250,000 copies worldwide, Alex Ross’s book The Rest is Noise has now provided the inspiration for a year-long festival at London’s Southbank Centre, the trailer for which can be seen here. Running throughout 2013, the cycle aims to place the music featured in Ross’s book in its social context, a soundtrack to the twentieth century. Gideon Klein’s String Trio is one of the lesser known works on the programme, as part of the ‘Music from Terezin’ concert on 11th May 2013. It was composed in 1944 while he was being held in the Nazi concentration camp, Theresienstadt; he died in January 1945. Below is the first movement to this trio.

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