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CHAN 5074
(multiple CD Set)

Berg: Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2009

Originally recorded in 1996

Artists:

Goteborg Symphony Orchestra


Mario Venzago


Geraldine McGreevy

soprano

Robert Murray

tenor

Isabelle van Keulen

violin

Venue:

Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden



Producer:

Lennart Dehn



Engineer:

Torbjorn Samuelsson

(other works)

Michael Bergerk

(Three Pieces)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 156:05
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ALBAN BERG

(1885-1935)
   
1 

Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (1908)

12:43
  Orchestrated 1984 by Theo Verbey (b. 1959)  
  Mäßig bewegt - Viel langsamer (Quasi adagio) -  
 

Three Pieces, Op. 6 (1914-15, revised version 1929)

20:57  
  for Orchestra  
  Meinem Lehrer und Freunde Arnold Schoenberg in unermeßlicher Dankbarkeit und Liebe  
2 I Präludium. Langsam - Ein wenig bewegter (Tempo II) - 4:46
3 II Reigen. Anfangs etwas zögernd. Leicht beschwingt - 5:35
4 III Marsch. Mäßiges Marschtempo (I) - Flottes Marschtempo (II) - 10:35
   
premiere recording
5 

Der Wein (1929)

12:52
  Concert Aria (sung in French)  
  Three Poems from Charles Baudelaire's Le Vin  
  Sehr langsam -  
 Robert Murray tenor
6 

Passacaglia (1913)

4:17
  Symphonic Fragment of theme and eleven variations, arranged 1999 by Christian von Borries (b. 1969) from Berg's unfinished score sketches; orchestration lightly modified by Mario Venzago  
  Langsam  
 

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1935)

28:10  
  Für Louis Krasner  
  Dem Andenken eines Engels  
  Revised 1996 by Douglas Jarman  
7 I Andante - Allegretto 11:11
8 II Allegro - Adagio 16:59
 Isabelle van Keulen violin
 

Three Fragments from 'Wozzeck' (1923-24)

19:58  
  for voice and orchestra from the opera Wozzeck (1914-22) after Georg Büchner's drama  
9 I Act I, Scenes 2 and 3. Langsam - [Marschtempo] - 7:23
10 II Act III, Scene 1. Grave (Theme with seven variations and fugue) 5:36
11 III Act III, Scenes 4 and 5. Langsam - Adagio - 6:58
  Saga Danielsson child soprano  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
 

Symphonic Pieces from the Opera 'Lulu' (1934)

34:17  
  after Frank Wedekind's tragedies Erdgeist (Earth Spirit) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box)  
  Arnold Schoenberg zum 60. Geburtstag  
12 I Rondo. Andante. Introduzione - Tempo II - Tempo I - 15:49
13 II Ostinato. Allegro - Tumultuoso - Agitato - Sempre vivace - 3:54
14 III Lied der Lulu (Anton v. Webern zum 50. Geburtstag). Comodo 2:44
15 IV Variationen. Moderato - Grandioso - Grazioso - Funèbre - 3:08
16 V Adagio. Sostenuto - Lento - Grave 8:40
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
17 

Der Wein (1929)

13:33
  Concert Aria (sung in German)  
  Three Poems from Charles Baudelaire's Le Vin  
  German text by Stefan George  
  Sehr langsam -  
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano
18 

Wein, Weib und Gesang!

9:22
  Waltz, Op. 333 by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)  
  Transcribed 1921 for small ensemble by Alban Berg  
  Andante, quasi religioso - Allegro moderato - Maestoso - Tempo di Valse  
   
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5074


The works on the present SA-CDs span Berg’s creative career from his first published piece, the Piano Sonata, Op. 1, here performed in the orchestration by Theo Verbey, to the Violin Concerto and the Symphonic Pieces from the Opera ‘Lulu’, the last works that were fully completed when Berg died at the age of fifty in 1935.

The Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen performs the Violin Concerto, for which she is well known. The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last year: ‘Van Keulen brought Manon Gropius vividly to life in the concerto, matching her tone and expression to each episode; flighty and cheerful in the first, plucky and aggressive in the second, serenely resigned at the end, where Berg quotes a Bach chorale. The enigmatic folksong woven into both movements (hardly Bachian with its risqué text) had a mysterious feel, and van Keulen tied it all up in a performance as narrative as it was nimble.’

An outstanding new collection of the key works of Berg, spanning the creative career of the composer, with a few novelties thrown in too... Throughout , these performances benefit from superb Chandos SACD sound and excellent playing from the Gothenberg orchestra..."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


’The orchestration of the Piano Sonata by Theo Verbey gives us a virtually new piece. The impact of the brilliantly idiomatic scoring makes it a quite different affair from the work played on the piano, and is a real addition to the repertoire… Thanks to the lucid conducting of Mario Venzago, the magnificent and fearless playing of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and a Chandos recording which combines clarity and enormous weight, this set represents an outstanding addition to the catalogue, and a to some extent fresh approach to this intense oppressive music.’
 

BBC Music Magazine

The orchestration of the Piano Sonata by Theo Verbey gives us a virtually new piece. The impact of the brilliantly idiomatic scoring makes it a quite different affair from the work played on the piano, and is a real addition to the repertoire… Thanks to the lucid conducting of Mario Venzago, the magnificent and fearless playing of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and a Chandos recording which combines clarity and enormous weight, this set represents an outstanding addition to the catalogue, and a to some extent fresh approach to this intense oppressive music.
BBC Music Magazine



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