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Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, etc / Craft, Wyn-Rogers, et al

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Herzgewachse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arnold Schoenberg sought to write music that avoided traditional tonal implications, which eventually led him away from tonality altogether. Herzgewächse is a short piece for high soprano and what has been called 'an awkward ensemble'. It is an example of the 'sound of colour', the result of Schoenberg's collaboration with his friend, the avant-garde painter Kandinsky. One of Schoenberg's best-known works, Pierrot Lunaire marks a return to counterpoint. His Four Orchestral Songs balance the traditional settings of texts with innovatory instrumentation, while the propulsive power of the earlier Chamber Symphony brings to mind the music of Beethoven.



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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20
  • Performers: Sioned Williams (Harp); Timothy Carey (Piano); John Alley (Harmonium); Eileen Hulse (Soprano); Tim Carey
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra members
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studio 1, London (05/28/1994-05/29/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/1911

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
  • Performers: Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Fred Sherry (Cello); Rolf Schulte (Viola); Michael Parloff (Flute); Michael Parloff (Piccolo); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Rolf Schulte (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22
  • Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
  • Performers: Fred Sherry (Cello); Donald Palma (Double Bass); Toby Appel (Viola); Tara O'Connor (Piccolo); William Purvis (French Horn); Charles Neidich (E Flat Clarinet); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Harry Searing (Contrabassoon); Tara O'Connor (Flute); Chris Komer (French Horn); Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Rolf Schulte (Violin); Frank Morelli (Bassoon); Melanie Feld (Oboe); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Carmit Zori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906