WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Schoeberg, Berg, Webern: Piano Music / Peter Hill


Release Date: 08/31/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553870   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban BergArnold SchoenbergAnton Webern
Performer:  Peter Hill
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc conveniently gathers all the published piano music of the Second Viennese School. It illuminates the profound differences between the three composers, something further clarified by the music's presentation in chronological order. Berg's terse, haunted piano sonata harnesses his emotionally charged music to a strict if not immediately perceptible form. For Schoenberg the piano was a laboratory where each new development of his musical language first appeared, from free atonality to the twelve-tone system, from pseudo-baroque forms to the final freedom of his late works. The Webern Variations couple the composer's late romantic ardor with his formal experiments that would bear such controversial fruit in the decades after the war. Read more This performance incorporates recent research that suggests that Webern expected a much more romantic style of playing than is usually heard in his music. The effect is hallucinatory.
Peter Hill, whose Messiaen series on Unicorn-Kanchana is a milestone of contemporary piano recording, offers ardent, romantic performances of this sometimes forbidding music. His Schoenberg resembles Paul Jacobs' beautiful readings and his inclusion of the Berg and Webern at a bargain price make this an indispensable release. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 11 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 23 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Piano, Op. 25 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1923; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Piece for Piano, Op. 33a by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Piece for Piano, Op. 33b by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata, Op. 1
3 Klavierstücke, Op. 11: I. Massig
3 Klavierstücke, Op. 11: II. Massig
3 Klavierstücke, Op. 11: III. Bewegt
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: I. Leicht, zart
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: II. Langsam
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: III. Sehr langsam
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: IV. Rasch, aber leicht
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: V. Etwas rasch
6 Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19: VI. Sehr langsam
5 Klavierstücke, Op. 23: I. Sehr langsam
5 Klavierstücke, Op. 23: II. Sehr rasch
5 Klavierstücke, Op. 23: III. Langsam
5 Klavierstücke, Op. 23: IV. Schwungvoll
5 Klavierstücke, Op. 23: V. Walzer
Piano Suite, Op. 25: I. Praludium
Piano Suite, Op. 25: II. Gavotte
Piano Suite, Op. 25: III. Musette
Piano Suite, Op. 25: IV. Gavotte
Piano Suite, Op. 25: V. Intermezzo
Piano Suite, Op. 25: VI. Menuett
Piano Suite, Op. 25: VII. Trio
Piano Suite, Op. 25: VIII. Menuett
Piano Suite, Op. 25: IX. Gigue
Klavierstücke, Op. 33a: Piano Piece Op. 33A
Klavierstucke, Op. 33b: Piano Piece Op. 33B
Variations for Piano, Op. 27: I. Sehr massig
Variations for Piano, Op. 27: II. Sehr schnell
Variations for Piano, Op. 27: III. Ruhig fliessend

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The Neue Wiener Schule as music August 14, 2015 By Peter D. (Jersey City, NJ) See All My Reviews "Even though this album is now 20 years old, it remains miles ahead of the competition. For the Webern Op. 27, where Charles Rosen (Boulez I, Sony, ca. 1970) and Kristyan Zimmermann (Boulez II, DG, also 1995) seem to be happy just getting all the notes in the right places, Hill makes _music_ of the piece, rivaled only by Oldfather on Craft's first Webern disk (2005). There's a gap of three catalog numbers in Craft's Naxos Schoenberg set, suggesting that the piano pieces, songs, and piano concerto may still be yet to come (a complete Moses und Aron seems out of the question), but the sensibility of Hill's traversal very much fits the musicality of Craft's approach. And as for the Berg, it's properly placed first -- it could benefit from attention from those who specialize in Scriabin or even Rachmaninoff. It's not post-tonal. It's post-Romantic." Report Abuse
Review This Title