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  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (30 Oct. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000IY0634
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Cinq Pièces pour orchestre, op.16 - Concerto pour violoncelle - Brahms/Orchestration Schönberg : Quatuor pour piano, op.25 / Fred Sherry, violoncelle - London Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra, dir. Robert Craft

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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is often viewed as the arch-bogeyman of 20th century music. In some respects this is true, and, to this day, many audiences have problems assimilating his music. I must confess that I had problems myself, in spite of musical training and a long time listening to "difficult" 20th century composers, such as Schnittke. For a long time I thought that Schoenberg would elude me, no matter how much goodwill I felt towards him. Then this CD came along. Robert Craft was the close friend and collaborator of Stravinsky, so, I felt, if anyone could be trusted with these works, it was him. I had not heard the Cello Concerto or the Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet, but, having read Malcolm Macdonald's book, "Schoenberg" (do get it if you can!!), and seen the beautiful photos of Balanchine's ballet to the Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet, I felt they could be trusted and gave the CD a try. WHAT A REVELATION!! In one FELL SWOOP, I could see how Schoenberg "fits" in with tradition. And what a marvelous tradition it is. The Cello Concerto is now one of my favourite works of any kind. I have returned to it again and again. Should I be fortunate enough to ever see the New York City Ballet, I can't wait to see the ballet done to the Quartet, and, as for the "difficult" 5 Orchestral Pieces op.16, this listener now can't get enough of Piece No.3 (colours). It really IS Summer Morning by a Lake. If you really want to know Schoenberg in all his multi-facetted genius, begin here. You will be in for the treat and the adventure of a lifetime. Long Live Robert Craft. He is a marvel, and the very BEST ambassador Schoenberg could EVER have wished for. Go and buy this NOW!! ESPECIALLY if you've never heard of Schoenberg, or if you've been put off by the legend. One hearing of this and you'll be a convert. As, I am VERY happy to say, am I. 10/10
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I can only echo the other reviewer of this briliant CD; a great place to start to get to know this fascinating composer. Many "classical music" listners dismiss Schoenberg as tuneless and, frankly, unlistenable. This is patent nonsense!

On this well-packed and programmed Naxos CD we have Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 16,the lovely Cello Concerto, and, perhaps the most stunning piece of all, the orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25.

All of this is great stuff and I genuinely believe that most people with a liking for "not another version of Mahler's 5th symphony" open-mindedness will love this. (I'm not picking on Mahler, by the way!).

Couple this great music with superb engineering, and interesting booklet, and you have a terrific bargain.

All of the Robert Craft Naxos Schoenberg CDs are worth investigating.
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Budget-priced recordings offer an outstanding opportunity to expand one's musical horizons. Thus, the Naxos label has recently released a five-CD compilation of recordings of the music of Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951) by the noted scholar and conductor, Robert Craft. My understanding is that several similar compilations of Craft-Schoenberg are in process. These recordings had been released in the mid-1990's on the Koch label before being reissued individually on Naxos in the last few years and then combined in a five-CD set. I have familiarity with some of Schoenberg but wanted to take the opportunity these releases present to hear his music further and discuss it for interested readers on Amazon. Schoenberg, the founder of the so-called "Second Viennese School" remains a difficult, controversial composer, primarily for his development of the twelve-tone atonal method of composition relatively late in his career.

As do the other releases in this set, this CD includes both major and less significant works of Schoenberg. The major work is the Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 which dates from 1909. The relatively minor works are two transcriptions of the music of other composers, the Cello Concerto (after G.M. Monn) which dates from 1932 and Schoenberg's 1937 orchestration of Brahms's Piano Quartet in g minor, Brahms op. 25. Craft conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in the Five Pieces and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the two transcriptions.

The Five Pieces for Orchestra is a densely-packed work of about 15 minutes. Schoenberg gave names to each of the pieces after his publisher prodded him to do so. By 1909, Schoenberg was composing atonally, (sometimes called pantonally) but he had not developed the 12-tone row.
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