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Schoenberg: Moses & Aron (DECCA The Originals) Box set, Original recording remastered

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 1 - "Einziger, ewiger, allgegenwärtiger"Roald Henderson 8:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 1 - "Du Sohn meiner Väter"Philip Langridge 7:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 1 - "Ich hab'ihn gesehn...Ein lieblicher Gott!"Sir Georg Solti 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 1 - "Bringt ihr Erhörung...In der Wüste wird euch die Reinheit!"Roald Henderson24:45£2.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 1 - "Wo ist Moses?"Sir Georg Solti 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 2 - "Vierzig Tage!"Paul Grizzell 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 2 - "Wo ist Moses?...Volk Israels!"Philip Langridge 7:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 2 - "Dieses Bild bezeugt...Götter, die ihr Seele schenket"Philip Langridge25:49£3.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 2 - "Moses steigt vom Berg herab!"Sir Georg Solti 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Act 2 - "Aron, was hast du getan?...Unvorstellbarer Gott!"Philip Langridge10:47£1.49  Buy MP3 

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
... and sometimes it's a good idea to play Brahms like it was written by Schoenberg 14 Oct. 2007
By Wayne A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's nice to have this back in print. Honestly any recording of this unique opera--any that involves a major orchestra, soloists, and conductor--should be an event and a no-brainer acquisition for Schoenberg buffs. I think the interesting story here may be not Solti telling the orchestra to "play it like Brahms" but the difficulties Solti probably had in getting this recorded. Don't quote me but I think this was the last rehearsal before a Chicago performance--whatever wouldn't cost Decca much as M&A wasn't exactly expected to chart.

Boulez vs. Solti?--a non-issue. Again, any well-considered (and Solti certainly gave his performances thought) recording of this complex and under-recorded opera is welcome, and this more "romantic" interpretation is simply another valid look at it. The orchestra plays brilliantly and the chorus is spectacular and better miked (punchier) than in Boulez II. The soloists are a matter of taste (this is not like comparing Verdi performances what with the sprechstimme and 12 tone!) The impact of this digital recording is tremendous.

Whatever Moses and Arons you own this should be one of them, and if the opera is new to you and you're intrigued I'd recommend this as a starter--the interpretation is more user-friendly to the novice and the price is unbeatable. Advice too if you're new to this and to much of the more demanding works by Schoenberg: give Moses and Aron time and trust in its greatness as a work of art, it'll eventually click just fine; the opening dialogue between Moses and the Burning Bush alone is a product of genius.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Herculean Effort That Pays Off 11 July 2009
By Music Is Everything - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In his memoirs, Georg Solti mentions the great challenge posed by Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron:" a large cast of soloists, an enormous orchestra, a chorus that must navigate impossibly difficult harmonic realms fearlessly, and as complex a score as any opera by Wagner or Strauss (and even more complex harmonically). Even with decades of operatic conducting under his belt, Solti found himself humbled by this score and had the greatest challenge of his career preparing.

But not to worry! He had the Chicago Symphony at the height of its powers, the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis after more than 150 rehearsals, and artists like Franz Mazura and Philip Langridge, who can tackle this kind of insanely difficult repertoire.

The result is the most effective recorded performance of "Moses und Aron." There is an edge and energy to this recording that is uncanny. Where others might provide an approximation of the score, this is shockingly accurate and the overall effect serves the drama quite well. In other words: If you couldn't imagine sitting through nearly two hours of atonal opera and actually getting something from the plot, this is your best chance to experience something new.

Given the enormous cost of making this recording, my hat is off to London/Decca for reissuing it for another round. If you're brave enough, go for it! You won't be disappointed.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Re-release of Solti's Moses from the '80s... 10 Oct. 2007
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well. London/Decca finally got around to re-releasing Solti's Schoenberg's Moses und Aron from the late-1980s.

At that time, this studio recording was virtually the only realization of Schoenberg's magnum opus avaliable--in any form. Solti told his confused players: "Just play this Schoenberg as if it were Brahms," and withal, this is a very lush late-Romantic reading of a Modernistic dodecaphonic work.

It's not bad; in fact, this reading may be very attractive to some. For years I liked it well enough--until I was totally blown-away by Boulez's scintillating revelation, which is much closer to the Master's vision: Schoenberg - Moses und Aron / Pittman-Jennings · Merritt · Boulez .

Solti was a great artist, and his work still stands: for example, his Ring holds its own with Karajan's: Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) / Sir Georg Solti . Der Ring des Nibelungen / Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic .

Decent price; so, Solti's Moses may be worth a peep for enthusiasts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A work of great worth. 18 Feb. 2009
By Jeffrey M. Shabman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Knowing about Schoenberg's other works and enjoying some, I decided to venture with his most advanced opera, and it paid off.
It may not be a work as enjoyable as La Boheme but deserves more productions because in its own way it is as magnificent.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A spellbinding performance 21 Feb. 2015
By Ignis - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly a spellbinding performance of this towering work. The Moses is top-notch and is equally matched by the Aron; minor roles are handled with aplomb and the chorus is superb. The orchestra plays with great precision, clarity, depth and obvious feeling for the score. Solti's conducting is masterful, especially regarding his ability to maintain the long line and to bring out the lyricism inherent in the score. It's not for nothing this won the Grammy for Best Opera Recoding in 1986.
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