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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, 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 

Sound Samples

5 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16: I. (Premonitions)
5 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16: II. (The Past)
5 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16: III. (Chord-Colours)
5 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16: IV. (Peripeteia)
5 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16: V. (The Obbligato Recitative)
Cello Concerto (after G. M. Monn): I. Allegro moderato
Cello Concerto (after G. M. Monn): II. Andante, alla Marcia
Cello Concerto (after G. M. Monn): III. Tempo di Minuetto
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (orch. A. Schoenberg): I. Allegro
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (orch. A. Schoenberg): II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (orch. A. Schoenberg): III. Andante con moto
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (orch. A. Schoenberg): IV. Rondo alla zingarese: Presto

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