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Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Pelleas Und Melisande

Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10285   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Amalie Malling
Conductor:  Michael SchonwandtMatthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Matthias Bamert takes a less opulent approach to Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande than those who bathe the score in Straussian luxury. By focusing on the music's harder, glinting colors, Bamert gives it a noticeably more modern sound. The acerbic, sharp-edged sonorities (boldly projected by the brass, yet expertly balanced in the overall ensemble) instantly identify Schoenberg as the composer, which makes it easy to see this work as a precursor to Schoenberg's soon-to-come (and radically different) Five Pieces for Orchestra. But Bamert is no less attuned to the music's tragic narrative as he builds dramatic tension in each of its episodes while maintaining the overall arc of the piece. The Scottish National Orchestra responds with playing Read more that is both passionate and virtuosic.

A musical chasm separates Schoenberg's severe, neo-classical Piano Concerto from the hyper-romantic world of Pelleas, yet you can still discern stylistic traces of the younger composer in this, one of the more accessible products of his 12-tone period. Pianist Amalie Malling offers an intriguing mixture of Mozartean elegance and Bartókian aggressiveness, while Michael Schonwandt leads the Danish National Symphony with an urgency that holds the ear even through the most abrasive harmonic constructions. This is never going to be anyone's hum-along music, but the performers make an impressive presentation nonetheless. Chandos' typically spacious acoustic gives Pelleas a powerful sonic impact, while the smaller-scaled concerto offers well-judged balance and clarity.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano, Op. 42 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Amalie Malling (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 43 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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