Schoenberg: Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1; Acompanying Music to a Film Scene; Chamber Symphony No. 1

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the release of the complete Brahms symphonies ("Altogether a marvelous achievement" - The Daily Telegraph), Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have performed and recorded a program of orchestral works by Arnold Schoenberg, who was a great admirer of Brahms. The repertoire, recorded in concert at Berlin's Philharmonie in late October/early November 2009, consists of Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms's Piano Quartet in G minor, Begleitungsmusik zu ein er Lichtspielszene (Accompanying Music to a Film) and the full orchestra version of the Chamber Symphony No.1. In these three contrasting works, the spirits of Modernism, Romanticism and Classicism are invoked by Arnold Schoenberg - a revolutionary whose aesthetic roots lay firmly in tradition. Sir Simon Rattle, who first established his international reputation with masterpieces of the 20th century, explores these musical cross-currents with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

"[The Brahms] is full of dash and gusto, especially during the concluding Rondo alla Zingarese. Elsewhere, the "Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene" offers a peek at the complex musical dramaturgy furnished by dissonant developments of the composer's later career." -The Independent

"Schoenberg’s version offers ingenious fun, and Rattle’s Berlin players, recorded two years ago in live concerts, dispatch it with loving swagger." -The Times

"[The Chamber Symphony] is a contradiction in terms with the Berliners’ massed and sleek strings, but the performance moves Schoenberg closer to Brahms, to which the former would certainly not have objected. For those out there who remain afraid of Schoenberg, this disc is an ideal entry point." -The Sunday Times

"The sound is amazingly clear, and the virtuosity of the players, especially in the mad Hungarian dance of the finale [of the Piano Quartet], is astounding...[the Chamber Symphony is] performed with both heart-stopping urgency and radiant beauty." -The Daily Telegraph

"[Accompaniment to a Film Scene is] superbly played by the Berlin Phil, with Rattle encapsulating perfectly its concentrated drama." -The Guardian

"You can tell at once that this is the Berlin Phil, so smooth and seductive are their dulcet tones. This is high sonic luxury, with Rattle coaxing on the hushed plush strings, the silken clarinets, the gold-leaf sound of the trumpets." -Classic FM

"Accompaniment to a Film Scene...sounds less nightmarish, and a lot more beautiful than in any previous version. In general, Rattle's Schoenberg is more the voluptuous late Romantic than the bogeyman of popular legend." -BBC Music Magazine

"The BPO woodwind and strings, with horn priming the canvas, are absolute ringers [for Brahms], but a deeper truth emerges from Rattle's delight in (or celebration of) moments where Schoenberg's orchestration goes a bit Mike Yarwood...The omnivorous virtuoso shout of the final moments [of the Chamber Symphony] spills beyond the usual orchestral threshold, the BPO demonstrating why they're the BPO." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (2009-10-30&2009-10-31&2009-).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (2009-10-30&2009-10-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (2009-10-30&2009-10-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Film Score

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (2009-10-30&2009-10-31&2009-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906