Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

by Robert Craft
     
 

Originally released by Koch, these recordings of key works in Arnold Schoenberg's oeuvre are now part of Naxos' Robert Craft Collection, a series of reissues that reaffirms the conductor's unflagging devotion to modern music, even if the performances and recording quality periodically flag. The pieces predate Schoenberg's discovery of the twelve-tone system and are to… See more details below

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Originally released by Koch, these recordings of key works in Arnold Schoenberg's oeuvre are now part of Naxos' Robert Craft Collection, a series of reissues that reaffirms the conductor's unflagging devotion to modern music, even if the performances and recording quality periodically flag. The pieces predate Schoenberg's discovery of the twelve-tone system and are to varying degrees atonal and expressionistic, with the exception of the tonal "Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9" (1906), which was composed just before the atonal period. "Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21" (1912), is Schoenberg's best-known work, famous for introducing Sprechgesang or Sprechstimme (a vocal technique in which words are half-spoken, half-sung) and for influencing numerous modernist vocal pieces since. This angst-laden cycle on "three times seven poems by Albert Giraud in German translation by Otto Erich Hartleben" is convincingly played by members of the Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, though Anja Silja's consonants are not at all clear, and the listener is obliged to acquire the libretto to understand what she is declaiming. Unclear enunciation is also a problem in appreciating the short, fragile song "Herzgewächse, Op. 20" (1911), and the brooding "Four Orchestral Songs, Op. 22" (1916), which are sung by soprano Eileen Hulse and mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, respectively, though their voices are much clearer than Silja's and some of the words can be made out with close listening. The Philharmonia Orchestra is full-sounding and warm in Opus 22, suggesting that the musicians responded well to the music and to Craft's direction. The performance of the "Chamber Symphony" is rather more brusque and angular, and the playing by the full Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble is more typical of Craft's performances in its extremely dry tone and mechanically stiff lines. As one might expect of such a compilation, the recordings made at Abbey Road Studios ("Herzgwächse," "Four Orchestral Songs") are superior to that of "Pierrot," which was made at the Academy of Arts and Letters, and that of the "Chamber Symphony," which was recorded at the Recital Hall of SUNY Purchase.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313252329
catalogNumber:
8557523
Rank:
15036

Tracks

  1. Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Toby Appel  - Robert Craft  - Melanie Feld  - Alan R. Kay  - Chris Komer  - Michael Lowenstern  - Frank Morelli  - Charles Neidich  - Tara Helen O'Connor  - Tara Helen O'Connor  - Donald Palma  - William Purvis  - Rolf Schulte  - Harry Searing  - Fred Sherry  - Stephen Taylor  - Carmit Zori  -  Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  2. Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Robert Craft  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Catherine Wyn-Rogers
  3. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Robert Craft  - Albert Giraud  - Charles Neidich  - Charles Neidich  - Christopher Oldfather  - Michael Parloff  - Michael Parloff  - Rolf Schulte  - Rolf Schulte  - Fred Sherry  - Anja Silja  -  Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble
  4. Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20  - Arnold Schoenberg  - John Alley  - Timothy Carey  - Robert Craft  - Eileen Hulse  - Sioned Williams  - Tim Carey

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