Vienne 1900

Vienne 1900

     
 
This is a two-disc collection of music, either recorded on France's Naïve label or acquired by that label, that arose in Vienna during the years on either side of 1900. It might be argued that the music of the Viennese fin de siècle was all about extremes -- of length, of concision, of orchestration -- and that the best way to appreciate the musical culture of

Overview

This is a two-disc collection of music, either recorded on France's Naïve label or acquired by that label, that arose in Vienna during the years on either side of 1900. It might be argued that the music of the Viennese fin de siècle was all about extremes -- of length, of concision, of orchestration -- and that the best way to appreciate the musical culture of Vienna in 1900 would be to sit down and listen to a Mahler symphony from beginning to end. Still, for a program of short excerpts devoted to music that did not think in those terms, this one works remarkably well. It draws key connections that are usually ignored, and the biggest one is between Brahms on the one hand and the Second Viennese School on the other. The casual concertgoer is likely to think of Brahms as the conservative and Schoenberg as the radical, but Schoenberg himself did not draw that distinction. The combination of emotional intensity and concision in Brahms' later works was determinative for the styles of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, all in slightly different ways, and the juxtapositions of works here make the relationships as clear as is possible within this restricted format. Another delightful connection is drawn with the inclusion of Schoenberg's arrangement of Johann Strauss II's "Rosen aus dem Süden" -- coldly deconstructive, yet not untouched by the sensuality of the original. Taken as a whole, the collection conveys the combination of lushness and an underlying sense of things spinning out of control that gives Viennese culture its peculiar fascination and has kept Freudian analysts in business for more than a century now. Naïve's mastering engineers, dealing with a set of recordings dating back as far as 1968, have done an admirable job in forging a whole out of diverse parts, and anyone who wants to try decadent late Romanticism in small servings rather than bellying up to the whole greasy plate should try this handsomely presented set.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
Label:
Valois
UPC:
0822186050392
catalogNumber:
5039
Rank:
260110

Tracks

  1. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Introduction  - Richard Strauss  - Gustav Klimt  - Alain Lombard  -  Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra
  2. Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement) for string quartet  - Anton Webern  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt
  3. Intermezzo for piano in E flat major, Op. 117/1  - Johannes Brahms  - Andrea Bonatta  - Gustav Klimt
  4. Ballade for piano in G minor, Op. 118/3  - Johannes Brahms  - Andrea Bonatta  - Gustav Klimt
  5. Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4: Sehr Ruhrig  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Arditti Quartet  - Valentin Erben  - Thomas Kakuska  - Gustav Klimt
  6. Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)  - Gustav Mahler  - Bernard Haitink  - Gustav Klimt  -  Orchestre National de France
  7. Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic"): Scherzo  - Gustav Mahler  - Bernard Haitink  - Gustav Klimt  -  Orchestre National de France
  8. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), waltz for orchestra, Op. 388 (RV 388)  - Johann Strauss  -  Arditti Quartet  - Håkon Austbø  - Louise Bessette  - Gustav Klimt
  9. Eine Florentinische Tragödie, opera, Op. 16: Ouverture  - Alexander von Zemlinsky  - Armin Jordan  - Gustav Klimt  -  Radio France Orchestre Philharmonique
  10. String Quartet, Op. 3: Langsam  - Alban Berg  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt
  11. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (No. 5 of 7 Songs)  - Gustav Mahler  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Laurence Equilbey  - Gustav Klimt
  12. String Quartet in D major: I. Allegro Molto  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt
  13. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 28 (TrV 171)  - Richard Strauss  - Gustav Klimt  - Alain Lombard  -  Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra
  14. Movements (5) for string quartet, Op. 5  - Anton Webern  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt
  15. Songs (5), for a low or middle voice & orchestra: Die Dunkelheit sinkt schwer wie Blei  - Franz Schreker  - Gustav Klimt  - Amaury du Closel  -  Versailles Camerata  - Anna Holroyd
  16. Songs (5), for a low or middle voice & orchestra: Sie sind so schön  - Franz Schreker  - Gustav Klimt  - Amaury du Closel  -  Versailles Camerata  - Anna Holroyd
  17. String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10: III. Litanei  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt  - Dawn Upshaw
  18. Sonata for cello & piano in F major, Op. 6 (TrV 115): Andante ma non troppo  - Richard Strauss  - Anne Gastinel  - Pierre-Laurent Aimard  - Gustav Klimt
  19. String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111: Adagio  - Johannes Brahms  - Serge Collot  - Gustav Klimt  -  Quatuor Danois
  20. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Die zsei blauen Augen  - Gustav Mahler  -  Arditti Quartet  - Håkon Austbø  - Louise Bessette  - Jean-Luc Chaignaud  - Gustav Klimt  - Marc Marder  - Paul Meyer  - Isabelle Berteletti  - Michel Moragues
  21. Variations on a Theme by Schumann, for string quartet in G minor  - Alban Berg  -  Arditti Quartet  - Gustav Klimt
  22. Theme and 5 Variations, for violin & piano in E major  - Alban Berg  - Irvine Arditti  - Gustav Klimt  - Stefan Litwin

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