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Berg, Webern, Schoenberg: Orchestral Pieces / Levine


Release Date: 10/31/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419781   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban BergAnton WebernArnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

No one hearing these new recordings by James Levine and the BPO is likely to remain indifferent to this marvellous music... Levine's hyper-romantic style is especially apparent in the second Berg piece, where the strings swoop and swoon, and the sheer weight of the texture is underlined. The performance of the Berg as a whole is indeed weighty. It is also powerfully dramatic, with a recording of extraordinary fullness: forward and, if not always absolutely natural in its treatment of the music's intricate interplay of solo strands and full orchestral mass, balanced so that the constant shifts of colour and perspective tell with maximum impact. The hammer blows of the third piece leap from the speakers with stark immediacy, yet there is an Read more abundance of delicate shadings in quieter passages...

Levine's Schoenberg is similar to his Berg: broadly paced, the final piece excessively so, but still generating a highly-charged intensity. The Webern, done here in its original version, can also be tauter, lingering less over fugitive details without losing structural cogency. But this finely played account is faithful to the brooding, tense atmosphere of Webern's most anguished essay in suppressed autobiography.

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone [8/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 6 by Alban Berg
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1929; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 21 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6 by Anton Webern
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1909; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (5) for Orchestra, Op. 16 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 16 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Pieces for Orchestra (Berg): No 2: Reigen
Pieces for Orchestra, op 6 (Webern): No 3: Zart bewegt
Pieces for Orchestra, op 16 (Schoenberg): No 4: Peripetie

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