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. 16by Arnold Schoenberg Conductor:
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25by Johannes Brahms Conductor:
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
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
False listingNovember 6, 2016By 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 SchoenbergSeptember 28, 2016By 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