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Schoenberg: Five Pieces, Cello Concerto, Brahms Quartet Transcription / Sherry, Craft

Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557524   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold SchoenbergJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Fred Sherry
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is Schoenberg for people who hate Schoenberg. The Five Pieces for Orchestra, far from sounding radical or appallingly dissonant as they must have in 1909, now impress us as impressionistic, atmospheric, and evocative. The loony Cello Concerto after Monn and the Brahms Piano Quartet are both modern classics in the art of transcription, not to mention one composer's very strongly personalized view of his predecessors.

Robert Craft's performances are uniformly impressive, particularly in the Cello Concerto. Its appallingly difficult solo part is handled with consummate intelligence and virtuosity by Fred Sherry, and the accompaniment hardly could be clearer or cleaner in texture. The Brahms is very good too,
Read more surpassed only by Craft himself in his earlier Sony recording with the Chicago Symphony. This newcomer, however, does enjoy much better sonics, and at the Naxos price makes an excellent bargain.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Pieces (5) for Orchestra, Op. 16 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Concerto for Cello in D major after Harpsichord Concerto in D by G.M. Monn by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Fred Sherry (Cello)
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; Arcachon, France 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Walthamstow Centre, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 42 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Arnold Schoenberg 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 False listing November 6, 2016 By Anthony Phillips (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "The website lists the conductor for this recording as Igor Stravinsky. It is NOT. The conductor is Robert Craft." Report Abuse
 definitive Schoenberg September 28, 2016 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "Craft is very much the "go to" conductor for Schoenberg. He makes Schoenberg's serial music sound like just what it is -- Post-Romantic. As such, it's easy to follow, and even enjoy. Who doesn't love Ahnold's transcription of the Brahms Piano Quartet #1? This is by far the liveliest and most-incisive performance I've heard. The sound is spacious and realistic (though not quite up to the best SACDs'). The musical detail is striking; you can hear everything going on. An easy and enthusiastic recommendation. And don't overlook the two Naxos boxed sets. PS: Why doesn't Arkiv change its stupid test editor so you can insert lines between paragraphs? This might be the reason there are so few reviews." Report Abuse
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