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A. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire / Pierre Boulez, Helga Pilarczyk (sop)

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The latest reissue in Wergo's studio reihe series is very special. This recording, featuring soprano Helga Pilarczyk and conductor Pierre Boulez performing Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, was the first release on the newly founded Wergo label in 1962, and it was the recording that laid the foundation of the label's decades-long story of success. Unavailable on CD up to now, this highlight from Wergo's early days has been remastered for CD to offer the finest sound quality.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Included as a welcome bonus is a well-researched 13-page essay by Helmut Kirchmeyer that contains discussions of previous musical versions of the text, historical placement of the work as melodrama, and the various versions of the text itself. For anyone interested in this piece this release is a must, and even if you own the LP it has been beautifully remastered.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris (1961).


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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
  • Performers: Maria Bergmann (Piano); Jacques Castagner (Flute); Jacques Castagner (Piccolo); Serge Collot (Viola); Guy Deplus (Clarinet); Jean Huchot (Cello); Louis Montaigne; Luben Yordanoff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912