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Berg: Lyric Suite; Wellesz: Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Op. 52 / Emerson String Quartet; Fenée Fleming, soprano

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite for Soprano and String Quartet
>Wellesz, Egon : Sonnets from the Portuguese, for soprano & string quartet, Op. 52
>Zeisl, Erich : Komm, süsser Tod
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release unites star soprano Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet for the first time on a journey to Vienna in the '20s and '30s, through music imbued with late romanticism and burgeoning modernism. The record features Berg's intricate Lyric Suite and Wellesz's Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, sung in German translations by Rainer Maria Rilke.

The Guardian, 9th September 2015
Fleming sings with velvety evenness, threading her vocal line through the swirling strings, but in a rather impersonal, neutral way. But it's the performance of the whole work by the Emersons that it is so remarkable; there is much more emotional directness, less of the usual armour-plated efficiency about their playing, and that, combined with the total technical assurance, suits the world of late Berg perfectly.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
This is an outstanding performance of Berg's Lyric Suite.



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Works Details

>Berg, Alban : Lyric Suite for Soprano and String Quartet
  • Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
  • Running Time: 32 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Wellesz, Egon : Sonnets from the Portuguese, for soprano & string quartet, Op. 52
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Zeisl, Erich : Komm, süsser Tod
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern