This kind of secluded private concert organization fit well into the artistic scene of early 1900s Vienna, where artists and conoisseurs would frequently meet in private gatherings to discuss music, art, literature, Sigmund Freud's new ideas on psychology, or even to hold spiritual seances. Among the composers whose music was played were Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Mahler, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Debussy, Marx, Wellesz, Bartok, Ravel and Suk.
One of the goals of the Society was to connect contemporary abstract music with that of tonal music in the late Romantic style. For this purpose, a series of orchestral works were arranged for large chamber ensemble, drawing attention to the fundamental aspects of structure and expression, and creating a framework to experience the music in an intimate setting. These remarkable arrangements never entered the public concert repertoire, but recently there has been a renewed interest, from both a historical and performance perspective.
The context of the Verein fur Musikalische Privatauffuhrungen represents an important part of the historical background in which the works recorded on this CD were arranged and performed.