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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000A0FJWE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Sextet from CapriccioArtemis Quartet/Thomas Kakuska/Valentin Erben 9:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata in B minor Op. 1 (trans. for string sextet by Heime Müller)Artemis Quartet/Thomas Kakuska/Valentin Erben12:25Album Only
Listen  3. Verklärte Nacht, Op.4Artemis Quartet/Thomas Kakuska/Valentin Erben28:57Album Only

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There was a time when a string quartet, sextet etc would have completely passed me by - sailed straight over my head so to speak. These days most don't and the Sextet from Capriccio and the Verklarte Nacht are amongst my favourtie pieces. So far the Berg is not. Whilst all these works are performed with serious intent I can't say that they are especially captivating, just thoroughly honest interpretations which is really all one can want. Actually not of course but why they aren't more engaging I can't say, the Strauss should be and ditto the Schoneberg which does come into its own in the final transforamtion but...perhaps I simply like the Capriccio followed by the opera, and the Schonberg is really better played by a string orchestra?!?

Listening once again I think the Strauss Sextet is taken a bit faster than I am used to, so that would explain why I don't find that quite right....and of course if you play the whole work you have this as a teaser and the final soprano monlogue as the ultimate resoltuion of the arguement!

I suspect that tempo is the factor in the Schonberg as well as a smaller more individually voiced performance than a string orchestra provides...

I'll play this some more and see if the Berg grows on me more than it has so far (I've never quite got why piano sonatas have to be transposed for violins? I wonder somewhat here why you would bother!) and get used to their interpretations which are expertly played of course!
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Vienna before it went serial, in excellent performances 29 Oct 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazon's bare-bones listing doesn't indicate the remarkable features of this CD from 2006, which contains three post-Romantic sextets from Vienna, two of them transcriptions. Here's the program and the players:

Berg Piano Sonata, Op 1 (arr Muller)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
R Strauss Capriccio - Prelude

Artemis Quartet (Natalia Prischepenko, Heime Muller vns Volker Jacobsen va Eckart Range vc) with Thomas Kakuska va Valentin Erben vc

The two added players are from the distinguished Alban Berg Qt., and they inspire the Artemis, an ensemble cut from the same cloth but a generation younger, to ultra-precise playing that is intense but still recognizably Viennese in style. There have been many fewer recordings of Schoenberg's original version of Verklarte Nacht than for the luscious arrangement he made for string orchestra. The latter is so voluptuous that I much prefer it, but here we get a super clean, detailed, unanimous reading. Those are great virtues, but I'm afraid the interpretation is too chilly to be really moving.

The Strauss transcription is taken from the Prelude to his opera Capriccio. We are in the same world as Verklarte Nacht, even though Strauss's music came decades later. The Sextet is so beautifully orchestrated in the original that a string sextet doesn't quite do it justice, but if you didn't know the opera, this is a striking piece because of its reminder of the composer's only major work for strings, the ineffable Metamorphosen.

Still in the realm of lush post-Romanticism waiting for the birth of serialism is the Berg Piano Sonata Op. 1. As different as strings are from the piano, this is a lovely shift in mood and tone. I can't say that I detect much variety moving from one track to the next, so I'd advise listening to this CD in more than one sitting. Taken in segments, it's an impressive disc.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Transfigured indeed! 20 Sep 2009
By George Mott - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent recording and the interpretations are lush and romantic -stressing the Brahmsian influences on the piece. It is interesting to compare it with, say, the Hollywood Quartet's version from the 50s which approaches the piece as modern music -the Artemis play it with drama and poetry. I particularly liked the fin-de-siécle portamento in the "am griffbrett" passages after letter N in the score. The recording itself is immaculate without being recorded too close -contrary to another review here there is no heavy breathing. In fact we seem to be hearing entirely different recordings. I listen with Stax electrostatic earphones and they pick up everything but there is nothing extraneous on this recording. I like the pairing of Verklärte Nacht with the sumptuous Strauss Capriccio sextet and the curious but interesting transcription of Berg's piano sonata.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Atrocious recording 19 Aug 2009
By James E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
with loud breathing noises by at least 2 players all the way through, mars what would otherwise be an acceptable disc.

One player in particular seems to hold their breath while playing and between measures take a big inhale through their nose, sounding like a loud sniff.

Also the last measure of the title piece is a lamely interpreted ending for such a luminous and powerful composition, (as well as sounding dissociated with what was played before it: poor editing?).

This turkey should have been scrapped if they didn't have time to re-record it.

It's a pity amazon does not allow negative stars as this disc is torture.
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