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Complete Webern
     

Complete Webern

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by Pierre Boulez
 
In the late 1960s and early '70s, Pierre Boulez recorded a set of Anton Webern's complete works that fits on three CDs; now, the conductor has spearheaded a new edition that spans six discs, including a vast number of early and unpublished works that make this new set much more truly

Overview

In the late 1960s and early '70s, Pierre Boulez recorded a set of Anton Webern's complete works that fits on three CDs; now, the conductor has spearheaded a new edition that spans six discs, including a vast number of early and unpublished works that make this new set much more truly "complete." Boulez set high standards in his first overview, but here with the Berlin Philharmonic and Ensemble InterContemperain he surpasses them in performances of translucent clarity and refinement of instrumental textures. The choral works benefit from the BBC Singers' spotless precision, especially the radiant Cantata No. 2, while vocal soloists are generally more secure than in the earlier set. Christiane Oelze's disc of lieder is a special delight, including many compositions of Webern's youth that, while unabashedly tonal, anticipate the highly concentrated expression of the composer's mature works. The Emerson String Quartet surveys the music for quartet and trio; here the contrast between the expansive, romantic effusions of his youth and the terse concision of works such as the Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, is especially jolting. Most of the performances were issued on individual discs by Deutsche Grammophon in the '90s -- though some, including Gidon Kremer's recording of the Four Pieces for Violin, Op. 7, have not been available in the United States. Recorded especially for this set were Webern's works for solo piano (though more complete accounts of his keyboard juvenilia are available elsewhere): two early movements in late romantic style, performed by Gianluca Cascioli, and two later studies plus the Variations, Op. 27, in insightful and brightly polished performances by Krystian Zimerman. The ample and well-illustrated booklet includes full texts and translations, astute program notes, and a helpful chronology of Webern's life. To discover this modern master's music in all its rich variety and intense expressive power, DG's box set is a clear first choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028945763729
catalogNumber:
457637
Rank:
115962

Tracks

  1. Passacaglia for orchestra, Op. 1
  2. Movements (5) (version for string orchestra), Op. 5
  3. Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
  4. Musikalisches Opfer (Musical Offering), BWV 1079: Fuga (Ricercata) a 6 voci
  5. German Dances (6) for orchestra (arr. from Schubert)
  6. Im Sommerwind, idyll for orchestra
  7. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. posth.
  8. Songs (3) for soprano & orchestra
  9. Symphony, Op. 21
  10. Das Augenlicht, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 26
  11. Cantata No. 1 for soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 29
  12. Variations for orchestra, Op. 30
  13. Cantata No. 2 for soprano, bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 31
  14. Piano Quintet (Mässig)
  15. Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen for chorus, Op. 2
  16. Songs (2) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 8
  17. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 10
  18. Songs (4) for soprano & orchestra (or piano), Op. 13
  19. Songs (6) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 14
  20. Sacred Songs (5) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 15
  21. Canons (5) on Latin Texts for voice & orchestra, Op. 16
  22. Traditional Rhymes (3) for soprano & ensemble, Op. 17
  23. Songs (3) for soprano, E flat clarinet, & guitar, Op. 18
  24. Songs (2) for chorus, clarinet, bass clarinet, celesta, guitar, & violin, Op. 19
  25. Quartet for clarinet, saxophone, piano, & violin, Op. 22
  26. Concerto for 9 instruments, Op. 24
  27. Poems (3) for voice & piano
  28. Poems (3) for voice & piano: II. Nachtgebet der Braut: O mein Geliebter
  29. Poems (3) for voice & piano: III. Fromm: Der Mond scheint auf mein Lager
  30. Early Songs (8) for voice & piano
  31. Songs after Avenarius (3) for voice & piano
  32. Songs (5) after Dehmel for voice & piano
  33. Songs (5) from Der siebente Ring for voice & piano, Op. 3
  34. Lieder (5) nach Gedichten von Stefan George, Op. 4
  35. Songs (4) after Stefan George for voice & piano
  36. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 12
  37. Songs (3) from "Viae inviae" for voice & piano, Op. 23
  38. Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 25
  39. Slow Movement (Langsam, mit bewegtem Ausdruck) for string quartet
  40. Movements (5) for string quartet, Op. 5
  41. String Quartet (1905)
  42. Bagatelles (6) for string quartet, Op. 9
  43. Rondo for string quartet
  44. Movement for string trio, Op Posth
  45. Pieces (3) for string quartet
  46. String Trio, Op. 20
  47. String Quartet, Op. 28
  48. Pieces (2) for cello & piano
  49. Movement for piano
  50. Sonatasatz (Sonata Movement) for piano
  51. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 7
  52. Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11
  53. Sonata for Cello & Piano
  54. Kinderstück for piano, Op. posth.
  55. Klavierstück for piano, Op. posth.
  56. Variations for piano, Op. 27

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Bach: Musical Offering BWV1079; Webern: Variations Op27 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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