The Arditti String Quartet recorded Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night in 1993; theirs has, to this day, remained the reference version. For 40 years, their unswerving faith in 19th and 20th century music and their intelligent choices of championed repertories have nourished their work as begetters, missionaries and major players in musical creativity. Their strong identity, stamped on the quartet by founder Irvine Arditti, “a prophet among musicians”, in the words of Harrison Birtwistle, and the last remaining member of the original 1974 lineup, stems from the Second Viennese School. Their immense discography has developed with a specific quality of string sound and a transparent technique capable of making the most demanding pages of chamberRead more music accessible to a broad audience. Read less
Works on This Recording
Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4by Arnold Schoenberg Performer:
Thomas Kakuska (Viola),
Valentin Erben (Cello)
Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4: I. Sehr langsam
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4: II. Etwas bewegt
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4: III. Schwer betont
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4: IV. Sehr breit und langsam
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4: V. Sehr ruhig
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Schoenberg's Early TriumphSeptember 30, 2013By Daniel B. (Lilydale, MN)See All My Reviews"Schoenberg's Transfigured Night has been one of favorite works since I first heard it over forty-five years ago in the version for string orchestra conducted by Robert Craft. I later heard the original string sextet version and fell deeply in love with the music again. This performance by the Ardittis was new to me, but it has replaced all others in either format. There is an excellent booklet which puts the music in its Expressionist Movement context with a translation of the poem by Richard Dehmel that the music illustrates or perhaps dramatizes. But even without this background, the music is so intense, so inventive, so cathartic, so beautiful, it will forever occupy a place in your psyche. You cross a threshold listening to this music into a place of healing, refreshed, inspirited, ready for what's to come."Report Abuse
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