Works of Arnold Schoenberg, Vol. 1

Works of Arnold Schoenberg, Vol. 1

by Robert Craft
     
 

Robert Craft performed a valuable service by recording the complete works of Arnold Schoenberg at a time when many of them were not otherwise available. Though the American conductor was Igor Stravinsky's dedicated musical amanuensis during the Russian composer's final decades, he was also devoted to the works of the Austrian composer,See more details below

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Robert Craft performed a valuable service by recording the complete works of Arnold Schoenberg at a time when many of them were not otherwise available. Though the American conductor was Igor Stravinsky's dedicated musical amanuensis during the Russian composer's final decades, he was also devoted to the works of the Austrian composer, and these recordings testify to the degree of his devotion. Using world-class orchestras such as the Philharmonia and the London Symphony, Craft creates unfailingly precise readings of such tremendously difficult works as "Variations for Orchestra" and "Five Pieces for Orchestra." Using first-rank soloists like mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane and bass Stephen Varcoe, Craft delivers uncannily accurate accounts of the "Serenade" and the one-act opera, "Die glücklicke Hand." But beyond devotion and precision, Craft gives nothing to Schoenberg's music, and what's most conspicuously missing is feeling: dread in "Die glückliche Hand," anxiety in "Five Pieces," fury in "A Survivor from Warsaw," affection in the Bach arrangements, and drop-jawed awe in the "Woodwind Quintet." These letter-perfect readings inspire admiration, but one feels nothing in these performances. There was a time when devotion and precision were not qualities often associated with Schoenberg performances, when Craft's versions would have been more than enough. But now that there are outstanding performances by interpreters like Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez, which are both precise and passionately felt, it's hard to warm up to Craft's accounts. Originally recorded by Koch International and reissued by Naxos, the digital sound here is rich, deep, and colorful, all qualities sadly lacking in Craft's interpretations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313522330
catalogNumber:
8505223
Rank:
165764

Tracks

  1. Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7)  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  20th Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  -  Fred Sherry String Quartet  - Ulrich Osterloh
  2. Suite for Piano, Op. 25  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Christopher Oldfather  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  3. Lied der Waldtaube, for mezzo-soprano & 17 instruments (arr. from "Gurrelieder")  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  20th Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Jennifer Lane  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  4. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Jennifer Lane  - Christopher Oldfather  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  5. A Conversation with Arnold Schoenberg  - Spoken Word  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  6. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Toby Appel  - Robert Craft  - Alan R. Kay  - Charles Neidich  - Francesco Petrarch  - Peter Press  - Rolf Schulte  - Fred Sherry  - David Starobin  - Stephen Varcoe  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  -  Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  7. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  8. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E flat major: Fuga (St Anne)  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  9. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  10. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist"  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  11. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  12. Cello Concerto (transcription of Matthias Georg Monn's "Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in D major") (also for cello & piano)  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Fred Sherry  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  13. Transcription for orchestra of Brahms' Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  14. Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 38  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  15. Die glückliche Hand, 1-act drama, Op. 18  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Mark Beesley  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  16. Quintet for winds, Op. 26  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  New York Woodwind Quintet  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  17. A Survivor from Warsaw, for narrator, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 46  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - David Wilson-Johnson  - Egon Wellesz  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  18. Prelude, for wordless chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata "Genesis Suite"), Op. 44  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Egon Wellesz  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  19. Dreimal tausend Jahre, for chorus, Op. 50a  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Dagobert D. Runes  - Egon Wellesz  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  20. De Profundis, for chorus, Op. 50b  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - Egon Wellesz  -  Simon Joly Chorale  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh
  21. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  - David Wilson-Johnson  - Egon Wellesz  - Jeremy Denk  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  -  Fred Sherry String Quartet  - Ulrich Osterloh
  22. Violin Concerto, Op. 36  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Keith Anderson  - Robert Craft  -  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra  - Rolf Schulte  - Egon Wellesz  - Stefan George  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Ulrich Osterloh

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