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Berg: Wozzeck; Schoenberg: Erwartung / Dohnanyi, Silja, Waechter, Winkler


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001652102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban BergArnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Horst LaubenthalHeinz ZednikEberhard WächterHermann Winkler,   ... 
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dohnanyi's outstandingly beautiful performance for Decca... [is] beautiful in orchestral texture...subtle in its pacing...and I shall return to it whenever I want a more comfortable perspective or a more Straussian view of the work (and the inclusion of a reliably decent account of Schoenberg's Erwartung makes it better value than its rivals).

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [2/1989]
Reviewing original release
Dohnanyi's outstandingly beautiful performance for Decca... [is] beautiful in orchestral texture...subtle in its pacing...and I shall return to it whenever I want a more comfortable perspective or a more Straussian view of the work (and the inclusion of a reliably decent account of Schoenberg's Erwartung makes it better value than its rivals).

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [2/1989]
Reviewing original release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wozzeck, Op. 7 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Horst Laubenthal (Tenor), Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Hermann Winkler (Tenor), Alexander Malta (Bass), Gertrude Jahn (Mezzo Soprano),
Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Erwartung, Op. 17 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Wozzeck - Act 1: Scene 1: The Captain's room. "Langsam, Wozzeck, langsam!"
Wozzeck - Act 1: Wir arme Leut!
Wozzeck - Act 1: Scene 2: An open field outside the town. "Du, der Platz ist verflucht!" "Ach was!"
Wozzeck - Act 1: Scene 3: Marie's room. "Tschin Bum, Tschin Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum! Hörst Bub? Da kommen sie!"
Wozzeck - Act 1: Wer da? Bist du's, Franz?
Wozzeck - Act 1: Scene 4: The Doctor's study. "Was erleb ich, Wozzeck?"
Wozzeck - Act 1: Scene 5: Street before Marie's door. "Geh einmal vor Dich hin!"
Wozzeck - Act 2: Scene 1: Marie's room. "Was die Steine glänzen?"
Wozzeck - Act 2: Was hast da?
Wozzeck - Act 2: Scene 2: Street in town. "Wohin so eilig"
Wozzeck - Act 2: He Wozzeck!
Wozzeck - Act 2: Scene 3: Street before Marie's door. "Guten Tag, Franz"
Wozzeck - Act 2: Scene 4: Tavern garden. "Ich hab' ein Hemdlein an, das ist nicht mein"
Wozzeck - Act 2: Er! Sie! Teufel!
Wozzeck - Act 2: Jedoch, wenn ein Wanderer
Wozzeck - Act 2: Scene 5: Guardroom in the barracks. "Oh oh Andres! Andres! Ich kann nicht schlafen"
Wozzeck - Act 3: Scene 1: Marie's room. "Und ist kein Betrug"
Wozzeck - Act 3: Scene 2: Forest path by a pool. "Dort links geht's in die Stadt"
Wozzeck - Act 3: Scene 3: A low tavern. "Tanzt Alle"
Wozzeck - Act 3: Scene 4: Forest path by a pool. "Das Messer? Wo ist das Messer?"
Wozzeck - Act 3: Scene 5: Street before Marie's door. "Ringel, Ringel, Rosenkranz"
Erwartung, Op.17: Hier hinein?
Erwartung, Op.17: Ist das noch der Weg?
Erwartung, Op.17: Da kommt ein Licht!
Erwartung, Op.17: Er ist auch nicht da
Erwartung, Op.17: Es ist noch da...Herrgott in Himmel
Erwartung, Op.17: Aber so seltsam ist dein Auge
Erwartung, Op.17: Du siehst wieder dort hin!
Erwartung, Op.17: Oh! nicht einmal die Gnade
Erwartung, Op.17: Liebster, Liebster, der Morgen kommt

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great double feature December 18, 2012 By Weston Williams (Birmingham, AL) See All My Reviews "Wozzeck is one of the best operas to come out of the German Expressionist movement, and this recording is superb. The performances and recording quality are fantastic. Some find the atonality of the piece hard to listen to, but I find it to be one of the more listenable and appropriate musical examples of the above; so many post-Berg composers fell into the trap of writing atonally with no consciousness of dramatic purpose. Berg, however, uses atonality without being used by it, and Wozzeck shows a mastery of operatic drama and musicality as well as a mastery of the musical philosophy of the Second Viennese school. Schoenberg's Erwartung is a nice bonus, but the main accolades go to Wozzeck. My only objection to this set is the lack of libretto. Though online librettos are possible to find, having a copy with the opera itself would be far more convenient." Report Abuse
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