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Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Etc / Boulez, Schäfer, Et Al

Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457630   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Florent BoffardJeanne-Marie ConquerJean-Guihen QueyrasSophie Cherrier,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Small
Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)."
Arnold Schoenberg's 'Pierrot lunaire' is considered to be one of the seminal modernist works of the twentieth century--several chamber works since its composition have been written for the "Pierrot ensemble"--yet its place in Schoenberg's output is a backward-looking one. In the years preceding 'Pierrot,' Schoenberg had thrown out most of the normal limits on music; with this Expressionist cabaret drama, he looked back in both music and drama. In the commedia dell'arte Pierrot was the clown, but here he is presented in a gruesome light; Schoenberg uses baroque contrapuntal procedures with modern twists.
Read more this recording, Christine Schäfer executes the half-pitched, half-spoken Sprechgesang of the vocal line with appropriate hyper-emotionality. The instrumental group is tight and supportive, and the players execute their shifting roles as an ensemble with ease.
The first of the accompanying works, "Herzgewächse," follows 'Pierrot' in opus numbering, but was actually written the year before. It is another one of the works in which Schoenberg stretched music's limits, a miniature for high voice and instruments. The "Ode to Napoleon" was written thirty years later at the height of World War II, using Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique with the reciter more as a speaker than a dramatic character. Read less

Works on This Recording

Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Florent Boffard (Piano), Jeanne-Marie Conquer (Violin), Jeanne-Marie Conquer (Viola),
Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello), Sophie Cherrier (Flute), Sophie Cherrier (Piccolo),
Alain Damiens (Clarinet), Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Alain Damiens (Bass Clarinet)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 33 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello), Florent Boffard (Piano), Christophe Desjardins (Viola),
Kang Hae-Sun (Violin), Jeanne-Marie Conquer (Violin), David Pittman-Jennings (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Grande Salle de la cité, Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Herzgewächse, Op. 20 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Dmitri Vassilakis (Harmonium), Frédérique Cambreling (Harp), Christine Schäfer (Soprano),
Hidéki Nagano (Celesta)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Is speech-singing classical rap? July 5, 2015 By Lyman M. (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "For me, Pierrot Luminaire is an acquired taste. Two live recordings on YouTube with sopranos Kiera Duffy and Meagan Brus helped me get into the piece. I chose this CD mainly because Pierre Boulez conducted the performances, and I'm very happy with this purchase. Christine Schäfer does a fine job of speech-singing. My 5 stars rating is personal - means I loved it." Report Abuse
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