As a listener relatively new to the late Viennese master,Schoenberg,I can only give what for some must be a rather underpowered review of this disc.Even, so I'd like to venture that if you enjoy Strauss,Mahler,Bartok and Webern then the music contained on this set will prove to be well worth getting to know. There is an intensity, richness of expression and depth of feeling emanating from both works that is almost overpowering,almost to the extent almost of being draining.There is no doubt that 'Transfigured Night' requires your complete attention,not only because of the immensity of the orchestral forces at play but also because of inherent drama and tension of the work- sufficient that it simply can not be ignored.You have no choice but to get involved!
Yet there is melody along with the tumultuous swoops and soaring of the music-allowing even the novice a way to gain a foothold on the immense crags and overhangs that they are presented with on their journey up and over these daunting creations.Really,this is modern music at it's most titanic yet also at it's most accessible and dauntingly beautiful and rewarding. So please investigate, if you don't already know these performances for if any modern orchestral music could be said be life changing, then 'Transfigured Night' and the equally enthralling 'Pelleas und Melisande' could surely justify that weighty title.
I love this disc - great performances superbly recorded (especially given the size of the orchestra and the sonic range of the works)and detailed sleeve-notes, what more could anyone ask?