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Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, Etc / Mehta, Dohnányi, Silja


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 448279   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Anja Silja
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaChristoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Philharmonic OrchestraCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a useful compilation of several of Schoenberg’s key works garnered from Decca’s back catalogue. Mehta’s Los Angeles Verklärte Nacht veers a little too close to Hollywood for my taste, with a slightly superficial gloss to the sound, spotlit soloists and expressive indulgence. The Chamber Symphony and the kaleidoscopic orchestral colours of the Variations suit this team much better. The rest is in Dohnányi’s capable hands, including a stunningly vivid Op. 16 from Cleveland. Silja gloriously lets rip in the late-Romantic Op. 8 Songs and is a powerful exponent of the angst and nightmare of Erwartung (though her sometimes wailing tone might not be to everyone’s taste); the Vienna PO here is superb.

-- Matthew
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Works on This Recording

1.
Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899/1943; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1928; Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Pieces (5) for Orchestra, Op. 16 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
5.
Erwartung, Op. 17 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
6.
Orchestral Songs (6), Op. 8 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Anja Silja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Verklärte Nacht, Op.4
Chamber Symphony No.1, Op.9
Variations, Op.31
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16 - Original version of 1909: 1. Vorgefühle
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16 - Original version of 1909: 2. Vergangenes
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16 - Original version of 1909: 3. Farben
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16 - Original version of 1909: 4. Peripetie
5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16 - Original version of 1909: 5. Das obligate Recetativ
3 Lieder, Op.8: 1. Nature (Hart)
3 Lieder, Op.8: 2. Das Wappenschild ("Des Knaben Wunderhorn")
3 Lieder, Op.8: 3. Sehnsucht ("Des Knaben Wunderhorn")
3 Lieder, Op.8: 4. Nie ward ich, Herrin, müd (Petrach)
3 Lieder, Op.8: 5. Voll jener Süsse (Petrach)
3 Lieder, Op.8: 6. Wenn Vöglein klagen (Petrach)
Erwartung, Op.17: Hier hinein?
Erwartung, Op.17: Ist das noch der Weg?
Erwartung, Op.17: Da kommt ein Licht!
Erwartung, Op.17: Er ist auch nicht da
Erwartung, Op.17: Es ist noch da...Herrgott in Himmel
Erwartung, Op.17: Aber so seltsam ist dein Auge
Erwartung, Op.17: Du siehst wieder dort hin!
Erwartung, Op.17: Oh! nicht einmal die Gnade
Erwartung, Op.17: Liebster, Liebster, der Morgen kommt

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