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Webern: Symphony, Six Pieces, etc / Craft, Philharmonia

Album Summary

>Webern, Anton : Symphony, Op. 21
>Webern, Anton : Canons (5) on Latin Texts, Op. 16
>Webern, Anton : Traditional Rhymes (3) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 17
>Webern, Anton : Songs (3) for soprano, E flat clarinet & guitar, Op. 18
>Webern, Anton : String Trio, Op. 20
>Webern, Anton : Quartet for clarinet, saxophone, piano & violin, Op. 22
>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
>Webern, Anton : Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 7
>Webern, Anton : Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11
>Webern, Anton : Concerto for 9 instruments, Op. 24
>Webern, Anton : German Dances (6) for orchestra (arr. from Schubert)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Craft elicits impressive clarity and delicacy from the Philharmonia Orchestra in the two-movement Op. 21 Symphony and in the Six Pieces Op. 6 (even the super-soft tam-tam strokes in the latter's fourth piece make themselves felt) while imparting a welcome conversational sensibility to the Concerto for Nine Instruments' mosaic-like scoring. Much as I admire DG soprano Christiane Oelze's frightening accuracy and tonal evenness in the Op. 16, 17, and 18 song groups, Jennifer Welch-Babidge manipulates her smaller voice to more playful effect, abetted by her like-minded instrumental collaborators. Christopher Oldfather's limpid, direct account of the Op. 27 Variations merits special mention, even in the face of Piotr Anderszewski's extraordinarily detailed reference version (Virgin Classics). Lastly, Craft's booklet notes match the intelligence and insight of his music making. May subsequent volumes of the Naxos Robert Craft Webern Edition share this one's sonic and interpretive distinctions." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Webern, Anton : Symphony, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Webern, Anton : Canons (5) on Latin Texts, Op. 16
  • Performers: Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Webern, Anton : Traditional Rhymes (3) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 17
  • Performers: Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano); Jesse Mills (Violin); Jesse Mills (Viola)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Webern, Anton : Songs (3) for soprano, E flat clarinet & guitar, Op. 18
  • Performers: Scott Kuney (Guitar); Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Webern, Anton : String Trio, Op. 20
  • Performers: Fred Sherry (Cello); Richard O'Neill (Viola); Ani Kavafian (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1927

>Webern, Anton : Quartet for clarinet, saxophone, piano & violin, Op. 22
  • Performers: Jennifer Frautschi (Violin); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Daniel Goble (Saxophone); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1928-1930

>Webern, Anton : Variations for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Christopher Oldfather (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Webern, Anton : Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 7
  • Performers: Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Jesse Mills (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Webern, Anton : Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11
  • Performers: Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Webern, Anton : Concerto for 9 instruments, Op. 24
  • Performers: Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Christopher Gekker (Trumpet); Sunghae Lim (Violin); David Fedele (Flute); Richard O'Neill (Viola); Jim Pugh (Trombone); Stephen Gosling (Piano); William Purvis (Horn); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1934

>Webern, Anton : German Dances (6) for orchestra (arr. from Schubert)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931