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Webern: Lieder / Christiane Oelze, Eric Schneider


Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802055  
Composer:  Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric SchneiderChristiane Oelze
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christiane Oelze’s voice and musicianship are well suited to the songs. Her voice is not large, but by careful control of dynamics she can easily encompass those infrequent moments where a big phrase or an ample gesture is required. The sound is pure and bright, and her sense of line is as admirable as her intonation. If anything, I was even more impressed by her pianist, an artist of great intelligence, refinement and command of colour. The recording balances them very well.’ Gramophone, April 1996

Soprano Christiane Oelze and pianist Eric Schneider in a highly praised survey of Webern’s Lieder, released initially in 1995. Forty songs on a generous CD of 76 minutes.

Anton Webern’s first composition was the song
Read more ‘Vorfru?hling’, composed on his 16th birthday in 1899. Not surprisingly, it was very much in the style of Schubert and Schumann Lieder, with nods towards Wolf and Strauss. However, a certain restraint and economy that manages to deliver powerful emotional content is present – something that would become a hallmark of his later style. Study with Schoenberg and the adoption of his 12- tone technique allowed Webern to use his spare textures and skill at setting words to greater effect. Here one can chart Webern’s progress from the earliest Schubertian effort, to the songs that just about cling to tonality (the mysterious night- inspired fantasies of the Dehmel cycle) with their subdued and intense atmosphere that evoke the Wagner of Tristan, to the transparent textures of the later works with their allusions to la?ndler and Bach.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (5), Op. 3 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
2.
George Lieder (5), Op. 4 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
3.
Lieder (4), Op. 12 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Avenarius Lieder (3) by Anton Webern
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Eric Schneider (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Jone Lieder (3), Op. 25 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
6.
Poems (3) by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1903; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Early Lieder (8) by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1904; Austria 
8.
Dehmel Lieder (5) by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; Vienna, Austria 
9.
George Lieder (4) by Anton Webern
Performer:  Eric Schneider (Piano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Good Performances! December 12, 2012 By Donald B. Anthony (Palo Alto, CA) See All My Reviews "These are excellent performances of this repertoire! But it should be noted that the back of the CD and the enclosed booklet state that there are 3 more Lieder included than are actually on the disc. Specifically, tracks 12, 13, & 14 with the Avenarius Lieder are simply not present. There are 40 tracks on the disc rather than 43!" Report Abuse
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