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Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg / Barenboim, Zukerman, Harrell, Shirley-Quirk, Nimsgern, Mesple, Partridge et al. [11 CDs]

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This set of Pierre Boulez leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EI) is a great Schoenberg collection, which includes many of his best and most influential compositions.

These imports feature German pressings from the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart and collectible multi-disc editions. The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and hold many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire. Each box features large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist. and comes packaged in a slender, shelf-friendly box with the CDs themselves housed in space-saving slipsleeves.


Works:

Die glückliche Hand, Op. 18 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 03/12/1981
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London
Length: 20 Minutes 37 Secs.
Language: German

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926-1928; Berlin, Germany
Date of Recording: 09/23/1976
Venue: EMI Studios, London
Length: 19 Minutes 21 Secs.

Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899/1943; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/24/1973
Venue: CBS 30th Street Studio, NYC
Length: 28 Minutes 35 Secs.

Die Jakobsleiter by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass), Kenneth Bowen (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Paul Hudson (Baritone), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Mady Mesplé (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1922; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04/01/1980
Venue: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Length: 47 Minutes 1 Secs.
Language: German

Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Marc Marder (Double Bass), Sylvie Gazeau (Violin), Michel Arrignon (Clarinet),
Michel Tavernier (Contrabassoon), André Cazalet (French Horn), Robert Tassin (French Horn),
Jacques Ghestem (Violin), Gérard Caussé (Viola), Philippe Müller (Cello),
Alain Marion (Flute), Gérard Perreau (English Horn), Didier Pateau (Oboe),
Alain Damiens (Clarinet), Guy Arnaud (Bass Clarinet), John Wetherhill (Bassoon)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria
Venue: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Length: 19 Minutes 41 Secs.

Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1930; Berlin, Germany
Date of Recording: 02/09/1976
Venue: EMI Studios, London
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs.

Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs.
Language: German

Kol nidre, Op. 39 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938; USA
Date of Recording: 02/1984
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs.

Folksongs (3) for Chorus, Op. 49 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948; USA
Date of Recording: 10/1986
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs.
Language: German

Pieces (4) for Chorus, Op. 27 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet), James Ellis (Mandolin), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello),
Nona Liddell (Violin)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs.
Language: German

Satires (3) for Chorus, Op. 28 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: John Constable (Piano), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello), Roger Chase (Viola)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 11 Minutes 8 Secs.

Pieces (6) for Mens Chorus, Op. 35 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1930; Berlin, Germany
Date of Recording: 02/1984
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 13 Minutes 51 Secs.
Language: German

Dreimal tausend Jahre, Op. 50a by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949; USA
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs.
Language: German

De profundis, Op. 50b by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950; USA
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs.

Modern Psalm, Op. 50c by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: John Shirley-Quirk (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950; USA
Date of Recording: 02/1984
Venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs.

A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Günter Reich (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946; USA
Date of Recording: 09/1982
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs.
Language: English

Canons (2) for Chorus by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 10/1986
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs.
Language: German

German Folksongs (3) for Chorus by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 10/1986
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs.
Language: German

Gurrelieder by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Jess Thomas (Tenor), Günter Reich (Spoken Vocals), Kenneth Bowen (Tenor),
Siegmund Nimsgern (Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Marita Napier (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Goldsmiths' Choral Union, London Philharmonic Choir, BBC Choral Society ...
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900-1911; Vienna, Austria
Language: German

Orchestral Songs (4), Op. 22 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913-1916; Vienna, Austria
Language: German

Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Antony Pay (Clarinet), Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Michel Debost (Flute),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Lynn Harrell (Cello), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 06/20/1977
Venue: Eglise du Liban, Paris
Length: 34 Minutes 34 Secs.
Language: German

Gurrelieder: Lied der Waldtaube by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Jessye Norman (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900-1911; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/15/1979
Venue: Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs.
Language: German

Erwartung, Op. 17 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Janis Martin (Soprano)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04/14/1977
Venue: London
Length: 29 Minutes 14 Secs.
Language: German

Suite, Op. 29 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925-1926; Berlin, Germany

Pieces (3) for Chamber Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910; Vienna, Austria

Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria

Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Dennis Wicks (Bass), Richard Angas (Baritone), Günter Reich (Baritone),
Felicity Palmer (Soprano), Gillian Knight (Alto), John Winfield (Tenor),
Richard Cassilly (Tenor), John Noble (Baritone), Roland Hermann (Baritone),
Jane Manning (Soprano), Helen Watts (Alto), Philip Langridge (Tenor),
Michael Rippon (Bass)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orpheus Boys' Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932; Berlin, Germany
Date of Recording: 1974
Venue: West Ham Central Mission, London
Length: 99 Minutes 28 Secs.
Language: German

Chamber Symphony no 2, Op. 38 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1916; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04/05/1980
Venue: IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Length: 20 Minutes 56 Secs.

Serenade, Op. 24 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Jacques Ghestem (Violin), Guy Arnaud (Bass Clarinet), Gérard Caussé (Viola),
Michel Arrignon (Clarinet), André Saint-Clivier (Mandolin), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone),
Marie-Therese Ghirardi (Guitar), Pierre Strauch (Cello)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920-1923; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04/10/1979
Venue: Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris
Length: 33 Minutes 54 Secs.
Language: German

Pieces (5) for Orchestra, Op. 16 by Arnold Schoenberg

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/23/1976
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs.

Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41 by Arnold Schoenberg

Performer: Alain Neveux (Piano), Gérard Caussé (Viola), Philippe Müller (Cello),
Jacques Ghestem (Violin), Sylvie Gazeau (Violin), David Wilson-Johnson (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble InterContemporain members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942; USA
Date of Recording: 03/31/1980
Venue: Espace de Projection, IRCAM, Paris
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs.
Language: English



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