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Schoenberg: La Nuit Transfiguree / Arditti String Quartet

Schoenberg / Arditti String Quartet
Release Date: 08/06/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 40022   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Thomas KakuskaValentin Erben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 chamber Read more music accessible to a broad audience. Read less

Works on This Recording

Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Thomas Kakuska (Viola), Valentin Erben (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Schoenberg's Early Triumph September 30, 2013 By 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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