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Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Verklärte Nacht: Schoenberg, Fried, Lehár, Korngold (2021)

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Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Verklärte Nacht: Schoenberg, Fried, Lehár, Korngold (2021)

Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Verklärte Nacht: Schoenberg, Fried, Lehár, Korngold (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 63:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos Records | # CHSA 5243 | Recorded: 2020

Hot on the heels of their acclaimed recording of Britten’s Peter Grimes, Stuart Skelton and Edward Gardner join forces with Christine Rice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for this fascinating programme of early twentieth-century works. Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht needs no introduction, but far rarer is Oscar Fried’s contemporaneous setting of the same poem. Composed in 1901 for soloists and orchestra, Fried’s version is a true setting of (as opposed to Schoenberg’s reflection on) the text by Richard Dehmel. Lehár wrote Fieber in 1915 as the closing part of his song cycle Aus eiserner Zeit – he then made the orchestral setting a year later. Korngold’s Lieder des Abschieds (Songs of Farewell) date from the early 1920s, whilst he was still in Vienna, and shortly after he had completed the opera Die tote Stadt. Setting poetry by Christina Rossetti, Edith Ronsperger, and Ernst Lothar, the cycle is a poignant reflection on the Great War.

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Schoenberg: 5 Orchesterstücke / Webern: Im Sommerwin

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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Schoenberg: 5 Orchesterstücke / Webern: Im Sommerwin

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Schoenberg: 5 Orchesterstücke / Webern: Im Sommerwind (1992)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 518 MB | 01:50:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

This is a taut, dense Mahler 6, missing all the angst that one finds in the recordings of Bernstein or Tennstedt. But this "tragic" symphony is much less frantic than his others, and Dohnanyi's interpretation, so similar to Szell's with the Cleveland Orchestra, is the way I feel the symphony ought to be played. This ranks in my top three or four Mahler 6, along with Abbado Berlin, Karajan, and Szell.

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

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Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)

Eliahu Inbal, Seiji Ozawa - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, The Two Chamber Symphonies (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 605 Mb | Total time: 140:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 289 464040-2 | Recorded: 1974, 1979

This is the biggest piece of music that ever gets performed with any regularity. Anyone who avoids Schönberg because his name is synonymous with that nasty, atonal stuff need have no fear. This is a ripely romantic score with big tunes and cinematic orchestration. The story is simple. King Waldemar of Gurre is fooling around with Tove. The queen finds out and has her poisoned. The king curses God, and is condemned to ride on a ghostly hunt throughout all eternity, until the arrival of dawn signals an end to the nightly horror. This performance–which happily has been reissued at bargain price–has been the choice since the day it was released, both for interpretation and for recording. Magnificent doesn't begin to describe it.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.50 Gb | Total time: 06:28:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Schoenberg: Pelleas & Melisande; Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll (2000)

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Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Schoenberg: Pelleas & Melisande; Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll (2000)

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin - Schoenberg: Pelleas & Melisande; Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 65:17 | Scans included
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 469 008-2 | Recorded: 1999

Schoenberg's Pelleas & Melisande is just Opus 5 in Schoenberg's catalog, but it comes right on the cusp of the young composer's transition to serialism. Based on Maurice Maeterlinck's stage play, it's an exuberant, youthful work that won the 29-year-old composer the recognition he had yet to receive. The work shows some influences of Richard Strauss, who had befriended Schoenberg in 1901 in Berlin. Mahler is also present. Still, for all that, this work is sui generis, a stand-alone masterpiece. It's followed by Wagner's Siegfried-Idyll, a tone poem based on the birth of his son, Siegfried. Both works are moody tone poems and maestro Christian Thielemann lovingly captures their spirit. Boulez might give Schoenberg more drama, but Thielemann sculpts both works with rounder edges and softer textures.

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (2014) [Blu-ray]

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A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (2014) [Blu-ray]

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (2014) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23481 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 88 min | 20,4 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3284 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 88 min | 6,18 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, German, French

This concert is Renee Fleming's very personal homage to 'Fin de Siecle' Vienna. At the turn of the last century, the capital of the Austrian Empire was also one of the cultural centers for the fi ne arts and, in particular, for music. The city of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, a 'melting pot' of cultures and musical traditions, attracted gifted musicians and composers alike and provided the perfect soil for much of the greatest music of that time. With this selection of works by Hugo Wolf (1860 -1903) and Gustav Mahler (1860 -1911), combined with more progressive songs by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942), Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 - 1957), Renee Fleming presents to us the full variety of this unique epoch. The venue of her recital with Maciej Pikulski at the piano is, of course, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna.

Staatskapelle Dresden - Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Live at Semperoper, Dresden) (2020)

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Staatskapelle Dresden - Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Live at Semperoper, Dresden) (2020)

Staatskapelle Dresden - Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Live at Semperoper, Dresden) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 411 MB | Tracks: 17 | 110:16
Style: Classical | Label: Profil

To say that Christian Thielemann's March 3rd 2020 Semperoper Dresden performance of Schoenberg's colossal Gurre-Lieder didn't take place a moment too soon is something of an understatement, when under a fortnight later Europe's international-level live music making scene had been reduced to solo recitals self-filmed on mobile phones and posted onto social media. Equally fortuitously, it was recorded live, meaning we can now all listen to this ambitious project with its international line-up that would, had 2020 turned out differently, have received a second airing the following month at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; Verklärte Nacht (2020)

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Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; Verklärte Nacht (2020)

Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; Verklärte Nacht (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 63:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902341 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) from the Violin Concerto - the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a multiplicity of approaches within his twelve-note system. Between post-Romantic twilight and 'classical' rigor, Isabelle Faust and company offer us an extraordinarily lively interpretation of some of the most remarkable pages in twentieth-century musical literature.

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Mahler: Symphony No. 10; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1987)

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Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Mahler: Symphony No. 10; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1987)

Riccardo Chailly, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Mahler: Symphony No. 10; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 479 Mb | Total time: 42:31+67:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 421 182-2 | Recorded: 1986, 1987

Chailly's Mahler Tenth has certainly withstood the test of time since its original release in 1988. Simon Rattle's new Berlin recording offers perhaps a more highly inflected, characterful performance, but Chailly has both the better playing and sound, and this pays particular dividends in the dark, rich string textures of the opening and closing movements. Both Rattle and Chailly use Deryck Cooke's revised performing version (Chailly sticks to it more literally than does Rattle), and this remains the edition of choice. Recent releases of other completion attempts, including a pretty ghastly one by Remo Mazzetti, only confirm the excellence of Cooke's work.

Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)

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Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)

Jaime Martín, Gävle Symphony Orchestram - Brahms-Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Parry: Elegy for Brahms (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 53:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1314-2 | Recorded: 2017

This new recording by Gävle Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jaime Martín is a tribute to the work of Johannes Brahms (18331897). The art of Brahms has inspired countless of artists and composers since the 19th century up to our times. Arnold Schoenberg was one of the composers who greatly admired Brahms work. Schoenberg was particularly fond of Brahms 1st Piano Quartet (Op. 25) and when Otto Klemperer suggested him to orchestrate it in 1937, Schoenberg took the task without hesitation. Schoenberg regarded his reworking of the Piano Quartet often dubbed as Brahms Fifth as an act of homage to Brahms, and he believed he had finally succeeded in addressing the composers concerns about the original score. No wonder that Schoenbergs masterful arrangement has remained in the concert programs of symphony orchestras.

Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan - Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Orchestral Works (3CD) (1997)

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Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan - Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Orchestral Works (3CD) (1997)

Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan - Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Orchestral Works (3CD) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:01:12 | 861 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 427424

The surprising thing about these three discs is that the performances get better the further we depart from the shores of Romanticism and tonality. Not what you'd expect from von K and the Berliners. Pelleas benefits from wonderfully lush orchestral playing from the Berlin Philharmonic, but it feels more like very colourful scene painting rather than real drama. To get to the Romantic heart of this piece, try Barbirolli: for its expressionist, forward looking (via Verklarte Nacht to Erwartung) side, go to Boulez.

Emanuel Ax - Schoenberg, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1993)

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Emanuel Ax - Schoenberg, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1993)

Emanuel Ax - Schoenberg, Liszt: Piano Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:13 | 254 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 53289

Though the name "Schoenberg" makes some people cringe, the Schoenberg piano concerto is a wonderful and highly expressive work. Though composed in the 12-tone style, it contains the same degree of lyricism and rhythmic drive that other, non-12-tone pieces have. Ax gives this concerto what it deserves- a highly sensitive performance that shows the concerto is a true piece of music rather than the product of a mechanical compositional process.

The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)

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The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)

The Nash Ensemble - Shostakovich, Schoenberg: Chamber Works (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:14:18 | 619 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 61760

Shostakovich's introspective Piano Quintet is one of the composer's supreme achievements. Perhaps it was the subtle nod to Baroque forms as well as the Beethoven-like use of fugue that earned this piece a permanent place in the chamber repertoire. The Nash Ensemble, led by Marcia Crayford and Elizabeth Clayton, shines especially in the playful and colorful Scherzo.