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Webern: Passacaglia / Schoenberg: Variations op. 31 / Berg: 3 Pieces from the "Lyric Suite" (DG The Originals)

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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Anton Webern, Anold Schoenberg, Alban Berg
  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000031WYL
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Anton Webern: Passacaglia For Orchestra, Op.112:15Album Only
Listen  2. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite - 3 Pieces For String Orchestra - 1. Andante amoroso 6:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite - 3 Pieces For String Orchestra - 2. Allegro misterioso 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite - 3 Pieces For String Orchestra - 3. Adagio appassionato 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Alban Berg: 3 Pieces For Orchestra, Op.6 - 1. Praeludium (Prelude) 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Alban Berg: 3 Pieces For Orchestra, Op.6 - 2. Reigen (Round Dance) 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Alban Berg: 3 Pieces For Orchestra, Op.6 - 3. Marsch (March)10:05Album Only
Listen  8. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Introduktion. Mäßig, ruhig 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Thema. Molto moderato 1:06£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation I. Moderato 1:09£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation II. Langsam 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation III. Mäßig0:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation IV. Walzertempo 1:12£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation V. Bewegt 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation VI. Andante 1:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation VII. Langsam 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation VIII. Sehr rasch0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Variation IX. L'istesso tempo; aber etwas langsamer0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations, Op.31 - Finale. Mäßig schnell 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Mar 2014
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If you're comfortable with the Second Viennese musical vocabulary you'll probably be very familiar with this classic set of recordings. If it is a daunting new world to you then this is a great place to start. Karajan believed so much in these works that he was prepared to finance the recordings himself with DG more worried about their lack of commercial appeal. What a service Karajan performed. The Berlin Philharmonic strings are at their sumptuous best, ably backed up by the brass and woodwind. The programme gently guides you from the last vestiges of the late romantic Webern's Passacaglia right through to Schoenberg's ground breaking Variations.

Webern's Passacaglia can sound like a chromatic late romanticism tempered by Webern's desire to move towards his more fastidious miniature works. Here it sounds thoroughly like the former with nothing held back in the huge climaxes.

Berg's Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite sound like a masterpiece and this performance could hardly be bettered. The real joy on of the disc are the Three Orchestral Pieces: dark and violent at times with tonality left behind it is so striking that Berg was still completely smitten with Mahler. The climaxes well up and scream like those in Mahler's Ninth and the sinister militarism of the finale, March, takes inspiration from Mahler's Sixth. Intoxicating, sumptuous and very much of its time. For all its shadows this is a work to lose yourself in.

I've recently reviewed Robert Craft's recording of Schoenberg's Variations on Naxos and it's an alternative approach that I very much like. The clarity of Karajan's approach and the remarkable virtuosity of the Berlin Philharmonic have to be marvelled at though and this is a classic benchmark recording if ever there was one. Recorded in the 1970's this recording still sounds vivid and clear making a compelling case for all four works here. I can't recommend this enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Fantastic Disc! 30 Jan 2005
By B.E.F. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This (now going out of print) was culled from: Second Viennese School (Berg, Webern, Schoenberg)/Karajan & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3 CDs) and I would highly recommed that set if you can find a copy (3CDs in double jewel box).

The other critics have just about said it all: I would only add that these realizations by von Karajan and the BPO are the CLEAREST available. Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra are especially fine: it's not as widely recognized as it should that Schoneberg was one of the greatest orchestrators of all composers: he surpasses Berlioz, Korsakov, and Mahler. Karajan effects crystal-clarity in a razor-sharp realization.

Berg's Three Orchestral Pieces are extremely difficult for an orchestra to properly realize, but here Karajan has the vision and technique to bring it to life. Abbado's realization with the VPO is more murky--I believe--however, it's still good, so see for yourselves: Berg: Pieces Orchestra (3)/Early Songs (7) (bonus Schiele cover art!) or Alban Berg Collection / Various (Coll).
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A milestone recording returns 1 Nov 2002
By Bruce Hodges - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic produce ravishing sounds in this collection, which was their first foray into the music of these composers. There are many ways to play these pieces, but surely they have never sounded as sheerly beautiful and as refined as in this collection. Originally issued in the 1970's, DG has brought this back as part of its excellent "DG Originals" series. (There is also an all-Schoenberg disc with "Verklärte Nacht" and "Pelleas und Melisande," highly recommended.)
Throughout this program, von Karajan and the orchestra confront this hair-raisingly difficult music with total coolness. (Some say, too cool.) Technical challenges that might overwhelm lesser orchestras are brushed aside like gnats.
The Webern "Passacaglia" has probably never sounded so sensual, with the Berlin string section shimmering in dreamlike waves. The Berg "Lyric Suite" and "Three Pieces for Orchestra" are classics, and stunningly done here. But for many the summit will be the Schoenberg, with its rigorous structure complemented by the brilliance of the playing.

If you are not inclined toward this music, this collection might sway you otherwise, and if you do like these composers, you owe it to yourself to hear this. Excellent analog recording, newly remastered.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A seductive invitation to the Second Viennese School 24 Nov 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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One of the pleasures of this superb collection is that an untutored listener can start with the first item, Webern's Passacaglia Op. 1, and feel more or less at home with its familiar post-Mahler idiom. Then by stages Karajan leads our ears deeper into the revolutionary heart of the Second Viennese School.

For me the apex of enjoyment was the central work, Berg's Three Pieces, which here are performed with all the richness and impact of Mahler. My ear can't follow Berg's 12-tone argument, but I am riveted by his overwhelming grip on emotion and drama. The music is harder to listen to than Wozzeck but is cut from the same Expressionist cloth. Finally, I was faced with the least accessible work, Schoenberg's Variations, but by that time the atonal world didn't sound so eerie or aggressively foreign and I could derive pleasure from surrendering to one of the most amazing sound worlds any composer has ever imagined. Superb sonics, by the way, to go with the high-voltage, totally committed performances.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Atonal Adventures 1 July 2001
By nadav haber - Published on
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The affect of serialism is that there are no notes that are "more important" than others. This also happens with the whole-tone scale. But the music here is much more than that. The beautiful orchestration and daring dynamics deserve notice just as much as the melodic innovation. I was struck by the incredible use of the strings these three composers share.This music is indeed a direct descendant of classical European tradition although it has never become as popular as more tonal music has. Serialism has a liberating effect on the ear - we must not discard the spiritual effect of this music. A highly recommended adventure.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Careful -- Not the same as the LP of same name. 27 Jan 2002
By R. Caltabiano - Published on
Format: Audio CD
No arguments with other reviews, but although this has the same name and same cover picture as the old DG vinyl 2711-014, it has less than half the pieces of that LP. Not included: Verklarte Nacth and Webern's Op. 5, Op. 6, and Op. 21.
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