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Egon Wellesz: Songs & works for chamber orchestra / Christine Whittlesey, soprano

Album Summary

>Wellesz, Egon : Sommernacht, for voice & chamber orchestra
>Wellesz, Egon : Movement (Satz) for chamber orchestra
>Wellesz, Egon : Persisches Ballett, ballet in one act, Op. 30
>Wellesz, Egon : Suite for violin & chamber orchestra, Op. 38
>Wellesz, Egon : Four Songs of Return, for soprano & chamber orchestra, Op. 85
>Wellesz, Egon : Ode an die Musik, for baritone (or alto) & chamber orchestra, Op. 92
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Egon Wellesz was a very important early twentieth-century composer who pursued his own path from his beginnings in the Schönberg circle - a fact no longer a secret at the very latest since the complete edition of his symphonies on CPO. Since Wellesz composed all of his symphonies after 1945 in English exile, double excitement is in store on our new release featuring the early Wellesz of the interwar period - and consisting almost entirely of world recording premieres. With the musical language of Bruckner and Mahler as his point of departure, the young composer gradually left tonality under the influence of his teacher Schönberg and turned to a free, expressive-gestural tonal idiom. But he never really took the step to the strict regularity of twelve- tone technique; he instead remaining true to a widely ranging but always melodically oriented tonality. For Wellesz music was first and foremost the "presentation of the emotive element," even of "the instinctive nature of emotion" - and this in the most universal sense. His one-act Persian Ballet from the 1920s is an absolute listening must!

International Record Review
This is fascinating music and the extensive booklet-notes are helpful...The recordings, all of which seem to originate from Austrian Radio, are consistently excellent.

Sunday Times
The opening Sommernacht is an early, attractive baritone setting of a poem by the little-known Baron Detlev von Liliencron. Satz für Kammerorchester is a fascinating exercise in brevity, lasting a mere 65 seconds, but a satisfying opus. The Persian Ballet is 19 minutes of lively, tonal, sharply coloured invention.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radiokulturhaus Wien (09/2009).



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Works Details

>Wellesz, Egon : Sommernacht, for voice & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Adrian Erod (Voice)
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Wellesz, Egon : Movement (Satz) for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Wellesz, Egon : Persisches Ballett, ballet in one act, Op. 30
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 19 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1920-1924

>Wellesz, Egon : Suite for violin & chamber orchestra, Op. 38
  • Performer: Josef Hell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wellesz, Egon : Four Songs of Return, for soprano & chamber orchestra, Op. 85
  • Performer: Christine Whittlesey (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Wellesz, Egon : Ode an die Musik, for baritone (or alto) & chamber orchestra, Op. 92
  • Performer: Adrian Erod (Voice)
  • Conductor: Peter Keuschnig
  • Ensemble: Kontrapunkte Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1965