Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire / Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA722
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 72 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pierrot lunaire, premiered in Berlin in 1912, is a series of twenty-one short melodramas for voice and five instruments on German translations of poems by Albert Giraud. Here the composer first introduces Sprechgesang (speech-song), a technique that revolutionised declamation. Schoenberg wanted the piece to be ironic, at once tender and grotesque, in the manner of cabaret songs. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the violinist who is also an occasional actress, had long dreamt of playing and reciting this unique work. It was a pain in her arm preventing her from playing the violin that one day propelled her into the role of narrator: ‘All my life I have felt that I was Pierrot. Every time I played this piece on the violin when I was a student, I would say the words in my head.’ She has now played and performed Pierrot in many venues around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonie, several cities in the United States, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Now she has assembled a number of her musician friends and decided to record it for posterity. Schoenberg’s Phantasy op.47 and Six Little Piano Pieces op.19 complete the programme, along with works by Webern (Four Pieces for violin and piano op.7) and Schoenberg’s arrangement of Johann Strauss’s Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz) op.437.

Works on This Recording
1. Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Voice), Meesun Hong (Violin), Reto Bieri (Clarinet), Thomas Kaufmann (Cello), Joonas Ahonen (Piano), Julia Gallego (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Julia Gallego (Flute), Reto Bieri (Clarinet), Marko Milenković (VIola), Thomas Kaufmann (Cello), Joonas Ahonen (Piano), Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
4. Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 by Anton Webern
Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910/1914 ; Preglhof
5. Apple Blossoms: Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin), Thomas Kaufmann (Cello), Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
Period: Romantic
6. Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer: Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; Vienna, Austria
Customer Reviews
Average Review:
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Schoenberg. Pierre Lunaire.
By: ArkivMusic Customer on June 13, 2021
Format: CD
This is a masterpiece of a recording. It was a thrill to hear it. Thank you.

Bevan Davies