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Sublime beauty and intensity of emotion,
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This review is from: Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelleas und Melisande (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
I concentrate my review on Verklärte Nachte (Transfigured Night), because I am familiar with the piece and have other recordings. It is a sublime, intense work based on a poem describing how a women confesses to her new lover that she is bearing the child of another man, and how the night is transfigured when the man forgives her and accepts the situation.
The music reflects the tension in the build up to the confession in Schoenberg's characteristically dissonant style, and the harmony which follows the acceptance. Karajan was a master of tension and release, and with the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic succeeds in producing the best ever recording of this work.
I enjoyed Pelleas and Melisande enormously, a longer piece, although with less intensity than Verklärte Nachte.