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Webern: Vocal and Chamber Works / Craft

Webern / Arnold / Philharmonia Orchestra / Craft
Release Date: 04/14/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557516   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton WebernArnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Tony ArnoldJacob GreenbergClaire BoothSooyun Kim,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String QuartetSimon Joly ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Without Arnold Schoenberg and his creation of the Second Viennese School, I guess the handful of works by Anton Webern would now be just a distant memory. In total they can be contained within two CDs, Robert Craft extending it to three by the inclusion of Webern’s arrangements. I suppose such words will be seen as those of a heretic, but how are we to judge him on such slim evidence of his talents, as he had set about slimming down music to its essentials, the three movements of his String Quartet lasting no more than eight minutes. To Craft they are the work of a genius, his second complete recording of his total output receiving immaculate performances that here include the American soprano, Tony Arnold, in five groups of his songs, Read more probably bringing a more lyric and smooth approach than was prevalent in the hair-vest performances of yesteryear. I was equally pleased to hear young Claire Booth, whose operatic roles I have so much admired, as the soloist in the First Cantata with the Philharmonia. Some familiar names in the chamber music include the cellist Fred Sherry, clarinetist Charles Neidich, and Leila Josefowicz as the principal violinist in the Chamber Symphony arrangement. So if you want to come to terms with Webern’s output, do start here with the impeccable credentials of all concerned. Various locations and dates—mostly in New York during 2011—but overall very good sound. - David Denton Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (5), Op. 3 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Tony Arnold (), Jacob Greenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/28/2011 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Lieder (5) nach Gedichten von Stefan George, Op. 4 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Tony Arnold (), Jacob Greenberg (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1908-1909 
Date of Recording: 09/29/2011 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Bagatelles (6) for string quartet, Op. 9 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String Quartet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/30/2011 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Lieder (4), Op. 12 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Jacob Greenberg (Piano), Tony Arnold ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/28/2011 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Lieder (3) from Viae inviae, Op. 23 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Jacob Greenberg (Piano), Tony Arnold ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Jone Lieder (3), Op. 25 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Jacob Greenberg (Piano), Tony Arnold ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/30/2011 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings, Op. 28 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1938; Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Cantata no 1, Op. 29 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Claire Booth ()
Conductor:  Robert Craft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Joly Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; Austria 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Sooyun Kim (Flute), Orion Weiss (Piano), Leila Josefowicz (Violin),
Fred Sherry (Cello), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ne 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Craft's last(?) triumph August 14, 2015 By Peter D. (Jersey City, NJ) See All My Reviews "With the third disk, Robert Craft completes his second traversal of the works that Webern acknowledged with opus numbers (except the Passacaglia Op. 1 and the choral movement Op. 2, perhaps because they represent Webern's last works in the old post-Romantic tonal milieu). Finally, after more than a century in some cases, Webern's music is treated as music, not as sequences of notes that have to be inserted at the right times. This disk is divided between string quartet pieces and songs for soprano and piano, with Tony Arnold as the superbly capable vocal soloist, Jacob Greenberg as the accompanist, and the incomparable Fred Sherry String Quartet. Craft himself conducts only Cantata No. 1 -- which was recorded back when he was only 85,at the same time as Cantata No. 2 (which was released on the second disk in 2009), but clearly his sensibility and understanding that this very much _is_ music has suffused the entire disk. Instead of the Passacaglia, Webern's arrangement for a smaller ensemble of Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony Op. 9 fills out the disk." Report Abuse
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