Started by karlhenning, April 12, 2007, 07:35:28 AM
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Quote from: Don Giovanni on April 13, 2007, 12:38:59 PMWhat do people think of the piano music? Which recording is the best to own? I've heard that Pollini is one of the best.
Quote from: donwyn on April 13, 2007, 08:42:49 PMAnyone have any thoughts on Jacob's Ladder?I've just been listening to the disc below and am bowled over by the beauty of the music! By turns bold, delicate, and layered with much color. Nagano conducts with a romantic influence yet by no means downplays the edginess. I've not seen much in print about this work but under Nagano's direction I detect much to rave about!And the text...little doubt this would be a hard one in the theater!
Quote from: Don Giovanni on April 14, 2007, 07:50:09 AMI've heard that Gould doesn't play exactly what Schoenberg wrote. I think it was on one of the reviews for Pollini's version on amazon.com.
Quote from: Cato on April 15, 2007, 10:10:57 AMThis is one of the greatest, little-played works of the last century! I used to have my students translate and interpret the text, which is admittedly difficult.But the music is a marvelous hybrid, with distant echoes of Gurrelieder and future echoes of Moses und Aron.But what is amazing for an unfinished work, is that it does not sound unfinished at all. The ending with the single note sung by a single voice, is absolutely, ineffably beautiful.
Quote from: donwyn on April 15, 2007, 04:46:59 PMSuch a great work done in by the text, would you say? Or are the problems musical, as can happen with Schoenberg?The text, for me, offers no roadblocks. But I can see where the general concertgoer might be put off (their loss...).But the music...it can stand with the best of Schoenberg, which is to say, some of the 20th century's finest. This alone should put it in good standing. Being new to the work I had wondered about its romantic leanings, wondering if it simply had been nudged that way by Nagano. But your description of it as a hybrid makes sense. Elements of the past finding refuge in the future.
Quote from: Cato on April 16, 2007, 12:34:36 PM. . . his family publishing company Belmont Music (Belmont = Schoenberg)
Quote from: karlhenning on April 16, 2007, 12:36:27 PMCor! It's obvious! How did I miss that before?
Quote from: greg on April 26, 2007, 06:10:15 AMrecently listened to Schoenberg:op.28 Three Satires for Mixed Chorusop.34 Accompaniment to a Film Sceneop.43a Theme and Variations for Full Bandop.44 Prelude for Mixed Chorus and Orchestrathe first few minutes of Moses und Aron (wow!!!! )now:op.32 From Today Till Tomorrow
Quote from: Cato on April 26, 2007, 06:22:40 AMWhich recording of Moses und Aron ? The Solti recording had Barbara Bonney - before she was very famous - in one of the minor roles.But I think the new DGG Boulez recording has better sound and delineation.
Quote from: greg on April 26, 2007, 06:28:49 AMI don't know which recording it is, actually. It's the one on the Schoenberg site (do you know which one that is?)
Quote from: karlhenning on April 26, 2007, 07:21:48 AMStravinsky called it "the solar plexus of twentieth-century music."
Quote from: Novitiate on April 13, 2007, 06:58:02 AMI like Pierrot Lunaire. Trippy stuff ...
Quote from: Haffner on April 26, 2007, 10:40:28 AMI am looking for a good recording of that piece.
Quote from: karlhenning on April 26, 2007, 10:51:00 AMThis is your day, Andy! :-)Naxos reissued the Craft/Anja Silja recording last month.
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