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Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, String Trio / Ma, Trampler, Juilliard Quartet

Release Date: 04/22/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 55853  
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Walter TramplerRobert MannYo-Yo MaSamuel Rhodes,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Coupling the 1899 Verklärte Nacht with the 1946 String Trio – a late 12-note work – raises the possibility of special pleading: buy the disc for Schoenberg’s reassuringly familiar Romantic composition, and you might be converted to the more difficult one too. As a marketing strategy, that seems reasonable; both performances here could persuade a variety of listeners. You’d expect a big-gestured, strongly characterised reading with Walter Trampler and Yo-Yo Ma augmenting the Juilliard Quartet in Verklärte Nacht; and though these players sometimes take a larger-than-life approach to the score’s dynamic markings, the results never struck me as inappropriate. This 1991 performance is real chamber music; if the case notes hadn’t Read more revealed that Trampler and Ma play second viola and second cello respectively, I wouldn’t have been sure who were the guests. Like many leading string players, at least one musician adds some irritating breathing noises to the quite close-miked recording. The 1985 recording of the trio benefits from the continuing vitality and real musicality, as well as experience, of three of the Juilliard Quartet’s members. There is much to enjoy as well as simply admire here.

-- Keith Potter, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Walter Trampler (Viola), Robert Mann (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Samuel Rhodes (Viola), Joel Smirnoff (Violin), Joel Krosnick (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 28 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 45 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Robert Mann (Violin), Samuel Rhodes (Viola), Joel Krosnick (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/21/1985 
Venue:  Sommer Center Chapel, Bronxville, NY 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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