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Berg: Lulu Suite, Wozzeck Excerpts, Three Pieces / Levine


Release Date: 01/09/1996 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 53959   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alban Berg
Performer:  Renée Fleming
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Lulu Suite accounts for nearly half of this well-filled CD, and it is very good indeed. Much of it is voluptuously beautiful music and Levine and his players sound as though they are enjoying both it and the spacious acoustic of the Manhattan Center after spending so many evenings in the comparatively confined orchestral pit of the Met. Fleming sings Lulu's song thoughtfully and is moving in Geschwitz's poignant farewell... The ostinato second movement of the Lulu Suite is vividly done, and there is a tangible chill at the beginning of the final scene... These are sumptuous readings on the whole, with exquisite quiet playing, most beautiful string sound and massive bass-rich textures...

-- Gramophone [6/1996]
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The Three Orchestral Pieces form Berg’s overt homage to Mahler, whose spirit hovers over the apocalyptic concluding march in particular. Levine has previously recorded them with the Berlin Philharmonic, but that account is easily outclassed here, thanks to some fine playing by the Met Orchestra.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bruchstücke (3) aus "Wozzeck" by Alban Berg
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Austria 
2.
Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 6 by Alban Berg
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1929; Austria 
3.
Lulu-Suite by Alban Berg
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
Language: German 

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