Notes & Reviews:
To illustrate the progressiveness of Brahms' harmonic style, Arnold Schönberg often cited his C minor String Quartet, Op.51. Brahms' innovative variation technique and phrase structure were clearly among the key influences on Schönberg's sextet Verklärte Nacht, an intensely emotional work inspired by a Richard Dehmel poem that caused great controversy at the time because of the sexual nature of its subject matter. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs Schönberg's arrangement of the work for string orchestra, paired with an arrangement of Brahms' Op.51 by Marijn van Prooijen.
"When one gets used to the scale of the performance and its replacement of muscularity by weight in the texture, the performance works effectively in what is one of Brahms's most racked and intense minor-key works...Pairing it with an intensely neurotic account of Schoenberg's much more familiar string-orchestra version of Verklärte Nacht (originally a string sextet) certainly points up the connections between Brahms and the young Schoenberg" -The Guardian***
"Fascinating to hear the Brahms String Quartet Op 51 No 1 simply transcribed for string orchestra, with a double-bass line added by Sinfonietta player Marijn van Prooijen. The Amsterdam ensemble revels in the first movement's symphonic textures, but later movements prove less convincing...But wonders return in the closing pages, managed with exquisite delicacy." -The Times***
"This is not a neurotic reading [of Verklärte Nacht] but it is one in which the listener is made very aware of the shivery moonlight. The incipient tonal lushness has been toned down and the resulting fragility works well"- International Record Review
"In immensely rich and refulgent surround sound, another welcome issue in the Amsterdam Sinfonietta's series of issues documenting sensitive arrangements for fuller orchestra of great chamber music works."-london24.com
Recording information: Philharmonie, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2007-06-03_2007-06-04&2010-).
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
- Conductor: Candida Thompson
- Notes: Philharmonie, Haarlem, The Netherlands (06/03/2007-06/04/2007)
- Running Time: 33 min. sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1866-1873
Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4
- Conductor: Candida Thompson
- Notes: Philharmonie, Haarlem, The Netherlands (10/27/2010-10/28/2010)
- Running Time: 29 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1917