Matrix 7 - Schoenberg, Bartók, Hindemith

Release Date: 4/19/2007
Catalog Number: EMI 65079
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a historic issue of modern classics. It dates from the time when he was still learning the ropes as a conductor (his first Mozart concerto recordings with the ECO were issued in 1967) and the Schoenberg reflects the difficulties he had with integrating the diverse elements of large-scale late-romantic works that persisted through to his early years at Bayreuth.

Although this performance of Verklarte Nacht begins a little more briskly than most, weight of expression tends to impede rather than further the musical flow. It is never dull, however, and the ECO, in a constricted but warm acoustic, is excellent from top to bottom. There's a touching reminder of Cecil Aronowitz's special eloquence in Hindemith's Trauermusik, and the Bartok Divertimento, while often rather heavy-handed has some nice touches of delicacy, as well as of that forcefulness which hints at the work's symphonic subtext.

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone [12/1994]
Works on This Recording
1. Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899/1943 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Performer: John Tunnell (Violin), Adrian Beers (Double Bass), Cecil Aronowitz (Viola), José Luis Garcia (Violin)
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Budapest, Hungary
3. Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Germany
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