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Berg: Lyric Suite; Schoenberg: Transfigured Night / Ens. Resonanz, Queyras

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite, for orchestra (arr. from Nos.2-4 of string quartet version)
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklarte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The First World War, a crucible of artistic change, intervened between Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Berg's Lyric Suite. From opposite sides of that traumatic divide, the program of each work deals with adulterous love. Richard Dehmel's poem that inspired Verklärte Nacht evokes the conception of an illegitimate child and its pardon. The amorous dialogue between Berg and Hanna Fuchs and its painful epilogue form the subtext to the Lyric Suite. Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras leads the Ensemble Resonanz in striking and virtuosic accounts of both these seminal works of the second Viennese school.

International Record Review, April 2014
Queyras's Berg manifests a fine sense of phrasing and a sympathy for the music's violence. The quicksilver bounce of the third movement and the force of the fourth are especially impressive ... a first-rate string quartet.

The Guardian, 23rd January 2014
A strikingly assertive, beefy performance that emphasises the dramatic structure of Verklärte Nacht at the expense of the score's lyricism and textural beauty.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2014
The playing is unfailingly distinguished and well-balanced texturally, allowing for the degree to which the recording offers extremes of dynamics that might not be apparent in a live acoustic...The 24 players of Ensemble Resonanz are polished to a fault but less successful at conveying the full rawness and intensity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg (06/2013/09/2013).



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Works Details

>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite, for orchestra (arr. from Nos.2-4 of string quartet version)
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Resonanz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4
  • Performer: Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Resonanz
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899