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Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht; Brahms: Serenade No. 1 / Orchestra of the Swan; Woods; Ensemble Epomeo

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc, recorded live as part of the Deal Festival, Kent and the Two Rivers Festival, Birkinhead, documents the emerging mastery of two of music history's most powerful and closely linked artistic personalities: Brahms and Schonberg, pairing the original chamber versions of the seminal works of their early maturity. Brahms' music had a profound influence on Schonberg, and his engagement with Brahms' music continued throughout his life. It was from Brahms that he learned the technique of the Developing Variation evident in Verklärte Nacht. Brahms' Serenade, Op. 11 was his first major orchestral work. He conceived it originally as a Nonet before he expanded it for a larger orchestra. Here is the original Nonet version, reconstructed by composer Alan Boustead. It's a warm-hearted, spirited work with references to both Haydn's Symphony, Op. 104 and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.



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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
  • Performers: Tom Hankey (Viola); Diane Pascal (Violin); Matthew Sharp (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo
  • Running Time: 43 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858
  • Studio/Live: Live