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Schoenberg: Concerto for String Quartet / Lied der Waldtaube / The Book of the Hanging Gardens


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listen  1. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (arr. of Handel's Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 7): I. Largo - AllegroRobert Craft 5:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (arr. of Handel's Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 7): II. LargoRobert Craft 3:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (arr. of Handel's Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 7): III. Allegretto graziosoRobert Craft 6:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (arr. of Handel's Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 7): IV. HornpipeRobert Craft 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Suite, Op. 25: PraeludiumChristopher Oldfather0:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Piano Suite, Op. 25: Gavotte - Musette - GavotteChristopher Oldfather 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Suite, Op. 25: IntermezzoChristopher Oldfather 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Suite, Op. 25: Menuett - Trio - Menuett da capoChristopher Oldfather 3:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Suite, Op. 25: GigueChristopher Oldfather 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lied der Waldtaube: Gurre-Lieder, Part I: Lied der Waldtaube (Song of Wood Dove) (version with chamber orchestra)Jennifer Lane12:55Album Only
listen11. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Unterm Schutz von dichten BlattergrundenJennifer Lane 2:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Hain in diesen ParadiesenJennifer Lane 1:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Als Neuling trat ich ein in dein GehegeJennifer Lane 1:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Da meine Lippen reglos sind und brennenJennifer Lane 1:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Saget mir, auf welchem PfadeJennifer Lane 1:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Jedem Werke bin ich furder totJennifer Lane 1:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Angst und Hoffen wechselnd mich beklemmenJennifer Lane 1:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Wenn ich heut nicht deinen Leib beruhreJennifer Lane0:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Streng ist uns das Gluck und sprodeJennifer Lane 1:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Das schone Beet betracht ich mir im HarrenJennifer Lane 2:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Als wir hinter dem bebluhmten ToreJennifer Lane 2:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Wenn sich bei heiliger Ruh in tiefen MattenJennifer Lane 1:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Du lehnest wider eine SilberweideJennifer Lane 1:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Sprich nicht immer von dem LaubJennifer Lane0:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Das Buch der hangenden Garten, Op. 15: Wir bevolkerten die abend dustern LaubenJennifer Lane 4:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. A Conversation with Arnold Schoenberg (July 1949)Arnold Schoenberg 6:27$0.89  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, 20th Century-Fox Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Lane, Christopher Oldfather, Fred Sherry String Quartet
  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg, Spoken Word
  • Audio CD (January 18, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0006IGQ0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Craft is a particularly good Schoenbergian, better I think than Boulez was with Sony.
Christopher Forbes
The work is thus something of a bridge in styles and helps to show the relationship between Schoenberg's music and that of earlier composers.
Robin Friedman
Excellent notes, and the cover picture Destination by Ulrich Osterloh is appropriate.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on March 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Think of an example of radical, pure, High Modernism in the twentieth century and the first name that usually comes to mind is Arnold Schoenberg. When his name is added to a program it almost automatically sends a portion of an orchestra's patrons rushing for the door, even now over 50 years after his death. And yet all through his life Schoenberg was torn between tonal and atonal music, particularly in the decades around the Second World War. Late into his life he was still producing works like the Second Chamber Symphony or the Suite for Strings which were not far removed in language from Mahler or Reger. But nothing in his output is quite like the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. Long lumped with his other "orchestrations" of other composers, the work is actually not so much and orchestration as an original composition around a found object, in this case a Handel Concerto Grosso. In this work, you can hear elements of what would become post-modernism later in the decade.

The Concerto is a strange and delightful work, as long as you don't compare it too strongly to the Handel work upon which it was based. Schoenberg treats his source material as an object around which he builds a more complex sound world, much in the manner that post-modern composers like Berio would do 30 years later. The work begins with a typical slow/fast first movement which sounds fairly Handelian, though with small touches in the orchestra that bring it into the German late Romantic era. But as the work goes on, these touches become dominant and would give an Historically Informed Performance ideologue an apoplectic fit. Percussion is used liberally, including prominent use of xylophone doubling the melody. Often the music is reharmonized with highly chromatic harmony remanisient of Wagner or Reger.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Osvaldo Colarusso on February 24, 2005
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Robert Craft is one of the most important conductors of our time. He is a specialist in Schoenberg and Stravinsky. In the 1955 he did the first complete record of Webern' s works, and I believe that Stravinsky became a twelve tone composer influenced by his then young assistant. He was also responsible for one excellent almost integral record of Schoenberg's work. The level of the musicians he worked at this time can be exemplified by names like these of Glenn Gould, Helga Pilarczyk, Bethany Beardsley , Israel Baker and the Julliard Quartet. Unfortunately there are no Cds of these records ( the only exception : Schoenberg' s Piano Concerto opus 42 with Gould) . I believe that some works he recorded at this time , like Pierrot Lunaire, The Violin Concerto and The Four Songs opus 22 , remain as very important references in Schoenberg' s discography. These records appeared in LP by the label Columbia As Sony incorporated Columbia catalogue they preferred to transfer to CD the versions conducted by Pierre Boulez, that in some cases are very inferior of these conducted by Craft.

Surprisingly I found these new records conducted and coordinated by Robert Craft, issued by Naxos. This CD is very interesting, principally because the repertoire presented here covers al the phases of Arnold Schoenberg.

Chronologically we have first the Chamber Version of the Lied der Waldtaube, one excerpt of the ultra-romantic work Gurre Lieder. What a surprise to hear this version: the voice of Jennifer Lane is perfect for this music, and Craft' s conducting is really a miracle of balance and clearness . Chronologically we have now the wonderful cycle of songs, The Book of the hanging Gardens .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A series of budget-priced recordings on Naxos of Schoenberg by the scholar-conductor Robert Craft offer an excellent way to get to know Schoenberg's music in its variety. The CD I am reviewing here is available individually or in a recent box set consisting of five CDs. The Works of Arnold Schoenberg, Vol. 1Although the featured work on this CD is Schoenberg's rarely-performed "Concerto for String Quartet", I was much more moved by the remaining music on this disk, in which Schoenberg composes entirely in his own idiom, as opposed to combining his own style with that of earlier composers.

The work I enjoyed most on this CD was the earliest, Schoenberg's song cycle "The Book of Hanging Gardens.", opus 15, composed in 1909. I had no prior familiarity with the piece, in which Schoenberg sets a series of 15 poems by the German poet, Stephan George. (Texts and translations are included in the liner notes.) Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane sings the cycle accompanied by pianist Chrisotopher Oldfather. This is highly passionate, intense, and disturbing music which tells of the doomed love affair, set in a luxuriant garden, between an inexperienced young man and a married, aristocratic woman. The vocal line is varied in character, with much of it declamatory in style and delivered in a hushed, low voice. The piano accompaniment is integral to the work and is highly varied. There is a long pianistic prelude and a final, clangorous postlude. Some of the accompaniment is contrapuntal in character, while, in other songs, the accompaniment is chordal. In one of the songs, no. 7, only the right hand plays the accompaniment.
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