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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: John Alley (Harmonium); Tim Carey; Eileen Hulse (Soprano); Timothy Carey (Piano); Sioned Williams (Harp)
  • 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: Rolf Schulte (Viola); Michael Parloff (Flute); Fred Sherry (Cello); Michael Parloff (Piccolo); Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Rolf Schulte (Violin); Christopher Oldfather (Piano)
  • 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); Toby Appel (Viola); Charles Neidich (E Flat Clarinet); Tara O'Connor (Flute); Rolf Schulte (Violin); Tara O'Connor (Piccolo); Carmit Zori (Violin); Alan Kay (Clarinet); Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet); Chris Komer (French Horn); Stephen Taylor (Oboe); Frank Morelli (Bassoon); Melanie Feld (Oboe); Harry Searing (Contrabassoon); William Purvis (French Horn); Donald Palma (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Ensemble: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906