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Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelleas und Melisande / Karajan

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string orchestra (arr. from String Sextet, Op.4)
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pelleas und Melisande, symphonic poem, Op. 5
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a very distinguished coupling, superbly played by the BPO - a truly 'legendary' reissue, quite unsurpassed on record. Karajan never approached contemporary music with the innate radicalism and inside knowledge of a composer-conductor like Boulez; yet he can't be accused of distorting reality by casting a pall of late-Romantic opulence and languor over these works. He's understandably most at home in the expansive and often openly tragic atmosphere of Schoenberg's early tone-poems Verklärte Nacht and Pelleas und Melisande. The richly blended playing of the BPO provides the ideal medium for Karajan's seamless projection of structure and expression. He remains especially sensitive to the music's lyricism, to the connections that to his ears override the contrasts.

Although Verklärte Nacht has certainly been heard in performances less redolent of 19th-century tradition, as well as less calculated in its recorded acoustic, this remains a powerfully dramatic reading. One man's view, then: but, given the man, a notably fascinating one.



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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string orchestra (arr. from String Sextet, Op.4)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pelleas und Melisande, symphonic poem, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1902-03.
  • Running Time: 42 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1902-1903