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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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Works Details

>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: Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); 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: Jesse Mills (Viola); Jesse Mills (Violin); Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • 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: Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Soprano); Scott Kuney (Guitar); Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Webern, Anton : String Trio, Op. 20
  • Performers: Ani Kavafian (Violin); Richard O'Neill (Viola); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • 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: Daniel Goble (Saxophone); Jennifer Frautschi (Violin); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); 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: Jesse Mills (Violin); Christopher Oldfather (Piano)
  • 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: Sunghae Lim (Violin); David Fedele (Flute); Richard O'Neill (Viola); Christopher Gekker (Trumpet); Jim Pugh (Trombone); Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Stephen Gosling (Piano); Charles Neidich (Clarinet); William Purvis (Horn)
  • 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