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Once you get it, you will never look back!,
This review is from: Webern: Complete Edition (Audio CD)
This comprehensive set of Anton Webern's complete works is just that, complete. Well packaged in a slip case with a good booklet we find the content pretty much the only versions of these various "difficult" pieces of music that you will ever need. I'm no expert, having just discovered the "Second Viennese School", but I think that "difficult" depends upon what you are comparing Webern to!
If, like me, you have arrived here via rock and Jazz, you won't find this music difficult, just different. Lovers of Brian Eno's soundscapes from the 1970's might well take to Webern. So will those who are happy to explore the outer fringes of Coltrane's later works, even though Webern sounds nothing at all like either! Music for the "non-mainstream" adventurer, but perhaps many others too.
Much of this music is sad or grief-stricken but rather uplifting. You do need to concentrate, a some pieces are very short. I'm not so keen on the songs, but the other works are very beautiful in an upside-down sort of way.
Boulez and colleagues are experts in this music and I think I can therefore call this set authoratitive.
By the way, we also benefit from excellent sound quality from what was DG; this is important in these often quiet pieces of music.
All in all, this set is well worth the outlay; you will never need to buy any more Webern and will have many months of exploration to look forward to.