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Chamber Concerto for Piano Violin & 13 Wind Instr.

Pierre Boulez Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I. Thema scherzoso con Variazioni - Motto0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Thema scherzoso 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Variation I 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Variation II (langsames Walzertempo) 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Variation III (kräftig bewegt) 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Variation IV (sehr rasch)0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Variation V (Tempo primo) 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: II. Adagio13:06Album Only
listen  9. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: III. Rondo ritmico con Introduzione (Cadenza) - Introduzione 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano & 13 Wind Instruments: Rondo ritmico 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Coda 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: I. Präludium 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. II. Reigen 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: III. Marsch 9:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (To the Memory of an Angel): I. Andante, Allegretto11:37Album Only
listen16. II. Allegro, Adagio15:23Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002C02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No doctrinaire theorist, Berg composed communicative, emotional music without compromising his technical sophistication and atonal allegiances. The Chamber Concerto has its knotty moments, but also considerable charms. Barenboim's big-hearted, romantic pianism plays off Gawriloff's tart violin, the piquant winds, and Boulez's controlled leadership. The Three Pieces is as close as Berg ever came to writing a symphony; its mix of powerful orchestral outbursts and elegant section writing are reminiscent of Berg's beloved Mahler. The Violin Concerto's ardent warmth and tender lyricism, expressing Berg's meditations on death and redemption (including a direct quote from a Bach cantata) after the untimely passing of Manon Gropius, make it irresistible. The fine performance offers an alternative view to classic older recordings by Louis Krasner and Isaac Stern. Including most of his key instrumental works, this disc is an ideal introduction to Berg's genius. --Dan Davis

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary Berg April 29, 2000
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It remains to be seen how kindly history will judge Pierre Boulez the composer. However, by virtue of this release alone, his credentials as a conductor are the stuff of which legends are made. Of the atonalists, Berg is in some ways the most "messy." He was not as orthodox as his classmate Webern when it came to applying twelve note techniques. His music is dense, and hopelessly complex to be sure, but under Boulez's deft touch it also seems to live and breathe. Perhaps Boulez the composer has contributed much to the triumph that is Boulez the conductor. He unpacks this music as only someone who can also construct it might. The Three Orchestral pieces, which I have heard multiple times to varying degrees of satisfaction, is given a very sensible but appealing reading here. The Chamber Concerto, featuring Daniel Barenboim in the first of several recordings he would make of this piece under Boulez's baton, is also outstanding. Pinchas Zukerman gives a very credible reading of the Violin Concerto. For individuals on the fence about Berg, this recording should be required material. For those who already admire Berg, this recording does not need to be required because it will sell itself after even after the most casual of listenings. This recording is a testatment to the brilliance of one of this century's least understood composers, and the artisty of one of this century's greatest conductors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, alluring works of early modernism August 27, 2002
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This is a stunning record in every respect -- the compositions, performances, conducting, and recording -- a jewel of Boulez' many recordings for Sony.

The "Violin Concerto" is the only piece here that has become part of the standard repertory, and the performance is beautiful, if not as well known as Mutter's. The "Chamber Concerto" is rigorously structured, and sounds more like Webern than the other two pieces.

My favorite, though, is "Three Pieces for Orchestra," the closest Berg came to writing a symphony. This dramatic music blends the influence of Mahler with that of Schoenberg, which seems to be Berg's forte.

20th century masterworks!
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The three composers of the Second Viennese School each turned atonal writing to different ends. Schoenberg explored turbulent expressionism, and Anton Webern wrote remarkable crystalline miniatures, but when Alban Berg adopted new modernist methods he never entirely left Romanticism behind. This mid-price disc makes for an economical introduction to Berg's music, where Pierre Boulez, one of his strongest supporters, leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The three-movement "Chamber Concerto" for violin, piano and 13 wind instruments was written between 1923 and 1925 and shows a mastery of the 12-tone method. The first movement begins with a brief little motto incorporating the names of his friends Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and then proceeds through a series of variations. For the most part, this sounds like an especially zany Mahler, and Berg's Viennese heritage is especially evident in the langsamer Walztempo. The second movement is an Adagio, much more tranquil than the first both in its slower tempo and its reduced scoring as the piano mainly sits out. The last movement is a round that subjects a succession of different melodies to the same rhythms. While I like how this recording has each of the variations in the first movement on its own track, I much rather prefer Boulez's later recording with the Ensemble Intercontemporain (a DG disc) for its better sound quality--it's an IRCAM recording.

The Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6 (1914-15) are one of Berg's early efforts and date from an era of free atonality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Familiar Musical Heaven! June 27, 2013
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I am thrilled to have the Chamber Concerto and the Violin Concerto back in my collection... and they're the very same performances, even! I haven't heard them since the great diaspora to CD back in 1990. From the opening notes of the Chamber Concerto, I was transported back in time to a familiar musical heaven. So will you. I suggest that you also get London Symphony Orchestra Claudio Abbado - Berg: Lulu-Suite: together, these albums sum up Alban Berg's greatest orchestral works.
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