Schoenberg: Complete Works for Violin & Piano

Schoenberg: Complete Works for Violin & Piano

by Ulf Wallin
     
 

Arnold Schoenberg composed only three works for violin and piano, the youthful "Piece in D minor" (1893-1994), the uncertain, atonal "Fragment" (1927), and the fully developed twelve-tone "Phantasy for violin with piano accompaniment, Op. 47" (1949); yet because these pieces are too short to fill a CD, the sonata after the "Wind Quintet, Op. 26" (1923-1924), as… See more details below

Overview

Arnold Schoenberg composed only three works for violin and piano, the youthful "Piece in D minor" (1893-1994), the uncertain, atonal "Fragment" (1927), and the fully developed twelve-tone "Phantasy for violin with piano accompaniment, Op. 47" (1949); yet because these pieces are too short to fill a CD, the sonata after the "Wind Quintet, Op. 26" (1923-1924), as arranged in 1926 by Schoenberg's son-in-law Felix Greissle, is presented as a workable programming solution, but one that dominates the other pieces through its length of nearly 49 minutes. Violinist Ulf Wallin and pianist Roland Pöntinen are well-versed in all phases of Schoenberg's music, and present all the pieces with an appropriate balance between the eruptively expressionistic and classically poised sides of this frequently misunderstood composer. However, if the sonata fails to convince -- and it might, depending on how well one knows the wind quintet -- it is merely because Greissle's adaptation is fairly conventional and too heavily weighted in the piano part, whereas Schoenberg's original work is more evenly distributed and coloristically balanced. So while purists may object to this version, others may be glad to hear it because it and the "Fragment" receive premiere recordings here, a rare event for Schoenberg loyalists. BIS provides excellent sound quality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590014073
catalogNumber:
1407

Tracks

  1. Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Roland Pöntinen  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin
  2. Untitled piece for violin & piano in D minor  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Roland Pöntinen  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin
  3. Quintet for winds, Op. 26  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Roland Pöntinen  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin
  4. Work(s): Fragment for Violin and Piano  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Roland Pöntinen  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin

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Ulf Wallin   Primary Artist

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