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Schoenberg: Complete Works For Violin And Piano / Wallin


Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1407   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Ulf WallinRoland Pöntinen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Despite the soloist/accompanist hierarchy Schoenberg intended in his Phantasy Op. 47, the violin and piano play off each other to the point where you can't imagine one without the other. Moreover, the work's unexpected plot twists, overt drama, and frequent playful episodes convey an emotional immediacy not easily accessed in Schoenberg's other 12-tone chamber music. It helps that violinist Ulf Wallin and pianist Roland Pöntinen go all out in terms of color and character, making the most impassioned, dynamically charged case for this music on disc.


While the duo's masterfully cultivated ensemble playing can't convince me that Schoenberg's Wind Quintet for violin and piano
Read more is less arid and academic than the original, they still set formidable standards in their world-premiere recording of the arrangement by Schoenberg's son-in-law Felix Greissel (incidentally, there's a 1982 recording of the flute version that's now out of print). Both musicians, for example, take great pains to clarify the composer's exacting indications in regard to foreground and background material. Note, too, their variety of articulations (the Rondo's woodwind-like slurs and staccatos positively sparkle) and how they lap up the overlong Scherzando's few rubatos. Consequently, the duo's broad tempos never seem static or too slow. A previously unrecorded fragment from 1927 and an early, Brahms-tinged miniature flesh out this beautifully engineered disc for completeness' sake. Such exemplary musicianship bodes well for future Schoenberg solo and chamber releases from BIS by these artists. [9/8/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Piece for Violin and Piano in D minor by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for Winds, Op. 26 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 48 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Felix Greissle. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano [Fragment] by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin), Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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