Webern: Symphony, Six Pieces, Concerto for 9 Instruments

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
A few aging listeners will recall a time when the only way to hear most of the music of Anton Webern was through the recordings of Robert Craft. Few of those listeners will recall those performances with pleasure. Webern's music was new then, so most of it had never been recorded before, so no one really knew how it went. That Craft had his musicians do as well as they did is to be commended. That they didn't do it better is to be regretted. But that they set back the cause of Webern's music two decades is incontrovertible because in Craft's recordings, Webern's music sounds more like random bleeps, blips, and bloops than music. That was then and this is now. Craft has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
A few aging listeners will recall a time when the only way to hear most of the music of Anton Webern was through the recordings of Robert Craft. Few of those listeners will recall those performances with pleasure. Webern's music was new then, so most of it had never been recorded before, so no one really knew how it went. That Craft had his musicians do as well as they did is to be commended. That they didn't do it better is to be regretted. But that they set back the cause of Webern's music two decades is incontrovertible because in Craft's recordings, Webern's music sounds more like random bleeps, blips, and bloops than music. That was then and this is now. Craft has had 50 years to live with Webern's music and two generations of musicians have grown up in the meantime. The first disc in Craft's second Webern series benefits immeasurably from both. Although Craft's Webern still sounds a bit angular, that may be an interpretative inclination rather than a technical flaw. More importantly, these performances are tremendously musical. For once, Webern's music sounds light, lyrical, witty, expressive, and tender. While some of the music on this disc is still a stiff dose of unreconstructed dodecaphonic serialism, most of it is passionately controlled, deeply emotional, and profoundly spiritual. Naxos' sound is clear and vivid.
New York Times - David Schiff
The first movement of Webern's Symphony (Op. 21) has never sounded so radiantly and seductively normal.... Craft's interpretation glories in the spacious, resonating calm. He nails the music's elusive rhythmic groove, and the players find the equally elusive tonal groove, placing the sparse notes in a secure harmonic relationship that has previously been more apparent to the analytic eye than to the ear. Atonal music sounds completely different, perhaps not even atonal, when played in tune.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313253029
  • Catalog Number: 8557530
  • Sales rank: 150,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Symphony, Op. 21 - Anton Webern & Robert Craft (10:10)
  2. 3–7 Canons (5) on Latin Texts for voice, clarinet & bass clarinet, Op. 16 - Anton Webern & Michael Lowenstern (3:35)
  3. 8–10 Traditional Rhymes (3) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 17 - Anton Webern & Michael Lowenstern (2:31)
  4. 11–13 Songs (3) for soprano, E flat clarinet & guitar, Op. 18 - Anton Webern & Scott Kuney (3:58)
  5. 14–15 String Trio, Op. 20 - Anton Webern & Ani Kavafian (9:47)
  6. 16–17 Quartet for clarinet, saxophone, piano & violin, Op. 22 - Anton Webern & Michael Lowenstern (5:29)
  7. 18–20 Variations for piano, Op. 27 - Anton Webern & August Macke (5:57)
  8. 21–26 Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6 - Anton Webern & Robert Craft (13:09)
  9. 27–30 Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 7 - Anton Webern & August Macke (5:38)
  10. 31–33 Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11 - Anton Webern & August Macke (2:24)
  11. 34–36 Concerto for 9 instruments, Op. 24 - Anton Webern & David Fedele (6:52)
  12. 37–42 German Dances (6) for orchestra (arr. from Schubert) - Anton Webern & Robert Craft (9:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Craft Primary Artist
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