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Editorial Reviews

1. Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor: I. Allegro 14:03
2. Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor: II. Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo) 8:38
3. Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor: III. Andante con moto 10:34
4. Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor: IV. Rondo alla Zingarese 9:11
5. Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene (Drohende Gefahr, Angst, Katastrophe) Op.34 9:15
6. Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op.9b: I. Lento - Allegro molto 4:57
7. Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op.9b: II. Con fuoco - Tempo primo - Poco meno mosso - Presto 6:44
8. Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op.9b: III. Lento - Molto lento - Più moto - Tempo primo 7:10
9. Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op.9b: IV. Tempo primo - Animato poco a poco - Tempo primo - Molto vivace 3:07

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00369K1GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on September 13, 2011
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Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 has, for some reason or another, received neglect that is undeserved. So it should be with anticipation that we turn to this new disc, which features Sir Simon Rattle with his stunning Berliners. Rattle had already proved himself in this repertoire with his 2009 set of the Brahms Symphonies, and here he seems almost, if not equally inspired. That's not to mention the works that are purely Schoenberg's creations, the Accompanying Music to a Film Scene and the Chamber Symphony No. 1. In all the works, Rattle consistently shows vision that can do nothing but increase our appreciation of the composer whose radical writing is anything but easy to grasp.

Let us first take a closer look at the Brahms/Schoenberg Piano Quartet. From a compositional standpoint, this is a unique work, as Schoenberg started out with what was already a brilliant piece of chamber music. But along the way, while keeping in plenty of Brahmsian elements, his orchestration makes the end result as much about Schoenberg as about Brahms. Rattle as an interpreter seems to clearly see the complexity that follows such an undertaking. Those conducting the work will face enormous challenges of clarity, but Rattle seems to have mastered the score. Words fail me, but Rattle has kept things under such control that it sounds like a real symphony, one that almost deserves to stand behind the actual Brahms symphonies in terms of power and inspiration. But he hasn't lost the spirit in the process.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spartro1 on October 23, 2011
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By and large, my listening has revolved around the core repertoire with a few exceptions. Having been hesitant to try Schoenberg for a long time, I can honestly say I was surprised when I gave this music a spin. This is an excellent introduction to the man's music. For many musicians, the name itself is enough to provoke feelings of hostility. He has the reputation of being inaccessible. This disc blows that theory out of the water. Here the main piece is Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms G minor piano quartet. Just as a testament to the art of of orchestration/transcription, this work is worthy of a place next to Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition. The famous "Gypsy rondo" in particular leaps out as an astounding movement of virtuosity which the immensely talented Berliners tackle with the utmost of of commitment and Rattle lets them go while keeping a watchful eye. The entire work very much looks forward to the later Brahms - the flowing melodies and figures are there, just not yet fully realized. Be not daunted by this - this is definitely Brahms (save for Schoenberg's insertion of xylophone and tambourine - that's pure 20th century. The Music For A Film Scene is classic Schoenberg - taut, lean and just with the right dose of spookiness - very much in the realm of Bram Stoker rather than Stephen King. The Chamber Symphony is also a masterpiece - it's cut from the same cloth as Verklarte Nacht and the tone poem Pelieas und Melisande. It's like Mahler's 7th symphony packed into about 20 minutes. EMI's recorded sound is wide and natural - it sounds from the perspective of a good seat in the Philharmonie. This is one of the composer's that Sir Simon built his reputation on, so expect full commitment and all the love he can give in these works.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Osvaldo Colarusso on October 27, 2011
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At the time Schoenberg arrived in the States no orchestra and no conductor used to play his music.Trying to be more accepted Schoenberg worked in two fields : reworking some ancient works and transposing to orchestra some works composed by very famous composers. He completed , for example , his Second Chamber Symphony. And , for a Concert in Los Angeles , that he himself conducted, he transposed his wonderful Chamber Symphony opus 9 one tonal work, written in 1909), scored originally for 15 soloists, for a large orchestra. This version is rarely played, for two reasons: it is very difficult to play, and is very inferior , compared with the original version. The Chamber Symphony opus 9 is a very "compressed" work.In 20 minutes we have the same quantity of material of a long Symphony . The "andamentos" are in general very fast. It is impossible to play fast in this version. Maybe the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the few orchestras in the world that can play this work in that version. If conductors like Boulez , Robert Craft and Mehta reveal the work modernity , Simon Rattle make it sound like Mahler and Strauss.
Schoenberg , as he did for Bach, transposed Brahms for a large and modern orchestra.One time again , he was trying to be heard in America.The premiere was conducted by Otto Klemperes, that abbandoned his taste for modernity in this time. This orchestration has not to do with the kind of orchestration Brahms used to do. Schoenberg uses the brass in a chromatic way Brahms never used. and several times he uses percussion totally out of the "Brahms sonority". I think that Brahms would not approve the use of Xilophon in the last movement, for example.Even with this problems , this orchestration deserve to be heard. This recording is one the bests I heard of this version.
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