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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although the composer himself probably would have denied it strenuously, this music really is great fun. The poetry in "Pierrot Lunaire" is simply the last word in late Romantic decadence. Here's a sample: "Sinister black giant butterflies kill the radiance of the sun. The horizon, a sealed book of magic, sleeps silently." Isn't that great? Schoenberg's atonal accompaniments and spooky, half-sung, half-spoken delivery fit the text like a hand in a glove. Okay, it isn't an easy listen, but then again you don't watch "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" every night either, do you? "Erwartung" is similarly over the top: a woman is waiting alone in a forest for her lover, who she may (or may not) have killed.
Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli is just the guy for this sort of thing, and he secures some stupendous playing from Germany's greatest orchestra (forget the Berlin Philharmonic folks, this is the real thing). Alessandra Marc tears into the tortured vocal writing of "Erwartung" with 100 percent commitment--she's fantastic, and Lisa Castellani is no slouch either in "Pierrot's" almost impossible demands. If you actually sit down with this disc and follow the words, you'll have such a good time that you'll never notice that the music is supposed to be "difficult".
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Arnold Schoenberg
Rolf Schindler (Bass Clarinet),
Manfred Weise (Clarinet),
Jens-Jörg Becker (Piccolo),
Eckart Haupt (Flute),
Jan Vogler (Cello),
Kai Vogler (Viola),
Luisa Castellani (Soprano),
Andrea Lucchesini (Piano),
Kai Vogler (Violin)
Dresden Staatskapelle members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 06/1997
Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany
Length: 36 Minutes 17 Secs.
Erwartung, Op. 17 by Arnold Schoenberg
Alessandra Marc (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1996
Venue: Live State Opera House, Dresden, Germany
Length: 33 Minutes 43 Secs.
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