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Alban Berg: Four Pieces for clarinet & piano, Op. 5; Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time / E. Bruner, clarinet; V. Lobanov, piano; O. Kagan, violin (rec. 1988)

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Pieces (4) for clarinet & piano, Op. 5
>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of chamber works by Alban Berg and Olivier Messiaen. Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano (1913) were created by Alban Berg in a period of an intense creative ascent, a year before he began to work on his opera Wozzeck. Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is arguably one of the most amazing pages of chamber music of the 20th century. It was composed during the composer’s stay in German prisoner-of-war camp where it was premiered in January of 1941. The works were first performed in the former USSR for the first time in 1988 at the Gift to the Vine music festival in the Georgian city of Telavi. The festival was initiated by two outstanding Soviet musicians – cellist Natalia Gutman and violinist Oleg Kagan. The composer and pianist Vasily Lobanov and Swiss clarinetist, then a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eduard Brunner, both recognized interpreters of contemporary music, were among the participants of the festival. The featured recording was made at one of the last performances of Oleg Kagan who passed away prematurely in 1990.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: State Pushkin Museum of Visual Arts, December Evenings (12/28/1988); State Pushkin Museum of Visual Arts, December Evenings (1988).



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Works Details

>Berg, Alban : Pieces (4) for clarinet & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: E. Bruner (Clarinet); Vlad Lobanov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>MessiaenOlivier : Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22
  • Performers: E. Bruner (Clarinet); Natalia Gutman (Cello); Oleg Kagan (Violin); Vlad Lobanov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940-1941