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Arnold Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande; Violin Concerto / Kolja Blacher, violin; Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne; Stenz

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pelleas und Melisande, symphonic poem, Op. 5
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Concerto for Violin, Op. 36
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

“I composed the symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande in 1902. It is, in every respect, inspired by Maurice Maeterlinck’s wonderful drama.” (Arnold Schönberg) With its Mahler symphony cycle recording project now complete, the Gu¨rzenich Orchestra, conductor Markus Stenz and Oehms Classics now present a CD devoted exclusively to Arnold Schönberg, beginning with the Kolja Blacher’s interpretation of the Violin Concerto, op. 36, premiered as was Alban Berg’s concerto several years earlier, by Louis Krasner, and the grand symphonic poem Pelleas and Melisande, op. 5.

Sunday Times, 26th July 2015
The Op 5 symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande is a lusciously expansive evocation of Maeterlinck's drama...The Op 36 concerto starkly reinvents musical language, yet insists on conventional form. The sometimes explosive tension between the two is what makes the work so strangely compelling.

The Guardian, 30th July 2015
[Stenz is] equally at home in the romantic sweep of Pelleas as he is in the much more ambiguous world of the concerto, with its tensions between tradition and innovation, serialism and tonality, while never allowing the former to become too indulgent nor the latter to seem too dry and calculated.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Like Hilary Hahn, Kolja Blacher has clearly absorbed lessons from the work's early interpreters... in not allowing the solo part to be tied up in soliloquising knots of contrapuntal introspection... his relationship with the orchestra is strong... and he makes a muscular but never ugly case for the finale in the virtuoso tradition.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
Markus Stentz and the Oehms team have done a lot of work picking out leading voices and balancing the riotously profuse counterpoint. The result has a compelling narrative cohesion... at times everything seems magnificently, grippingly in focus.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Stolberger Straáe, Cologne (2013).



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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pelleas und Melisande, symphonic poem, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Ensemble: Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
  • Notes: Studio Stolberger Straáe, Cologne (01/05/2013-01/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Concerto for Violin, Op. 36
  • Performer: Kolja Blacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Notes: Studio Stolberger Straáe, Cologne (09/07/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935-1936