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Schoenberg: Erwartung, monondram, Op. 17 / Helga Pilarczyk, soprano

Notes & Reviews:

In the early 1960s, Wergo launched a series that would become legendary in the history of contemporary music recordings. Studio Reihe Neuer Musik featured some of the most significant and cutting-edge compositions of the modern era. These highlights of 20th-century music history have lost nothing of their topicality or liveliness. Many of the recordings in the series have never been released on CD and some have been unavailable in any form for many years. This release, featuring Arnold Schönberg's sprechstimme monodrama Erwartung, is possibly the most famous Studio Reihe title. Soprano Helga Pilarczyk is accompanied by the great conductor Hermann Scherchen in a riveting performance of one of the most important and influential works of the 20th century.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The performance is from 1960 and was first released on a Wergo LP in 1964; it's been remastered with the DSD (Direct-Stream Digital) system. The performance is impressive. Pilarczyk is white-hot, and her command of the music is undeniable. The orchestra and conductor are at the top of their game as well.



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