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Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1, Suite / Garcia Rodriguez, Zahir Ensemble

> Suite, Op. 29 - I. Ouverture
> Suite, Op. 29 - II. Tanzschritte
> Suite, Op. 29 - III. Thema mit Variationen
> Suite, Op. 29 - IV. Gigue
> Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (arr. A. Webern for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano) - Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (arr. A. Webern for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Suite, septet in E flat major, Op. 29
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
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Notes & Reviews:

Always among the most innovative of composers, Arnold Schoenberg wrote several works that deliberately blur the distinction between chamber orchestra and chamber ensemble. Among these, the First Chamber Symphony compresses the classical symphonic format into a tensile single movement scored for fifteen players. The Zahir Ensemble is one of Spain's most exciting modern music groups, whose passion and technical accomplishment have gained them an ardent following.

American Record Guide
These players are skilled and polished. Their performance of the Suite is the best since Atherton and about as good as I can imagine. The sheer buoyancy of the playing in the overture and the variations and the, heaven help us, dance-like feel to II and IV are a delight.

The sound is lovely - clean and honest like the performances. This is a classic: a fine introduction to Schoenberg for people who don't know his music and a great treat for people who know and love it.

Fanfare
I've played this CD three times now, and I've been glowing and smiling broadly the whole time. What an enjoyable disc!

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
The Chamber Symphony is one of Schoenberg's finest works, and it gets de luxe treatment here. It is a beautifully crafted work in which all the elements of a symphony (introduction, first movement exposition, scherzo, slow movement, and a finale with an impetuous coda) are telescoped to little more than 20 minutes in the form of a continuously unfolding single movement. The lyrical element is abundant here in the arrangement Anton Weber made for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano of the original 15-instrument work, a move that highlights its expressive beauty.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (01/14/2009-01/16/2009).



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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Suite, septet in E flat major, Op. 29
  • Performer: Garcia Rodriguez (Piano)
  • Conductor: Juan Rodriguez
  • Ensemble: Zahir Ensemble
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (01/14/2009-01/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
  • Performer: Garcia Rodriguez (Piano)
  • Conductor: Juan Rodriguez
  • Ensemble: Zahir Ensemble
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (01/14/2009-01/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906