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Robert Craft, the noted conductor and widely respected writer and critic on music, literature, and culture, holds a unique place in the world of classical music. He is in the process of recording the complete works of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern fo

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Disc: 1

  1. Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7): Largo - Allegro
  2. Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7): Largo
  3. Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7): Allegretto grazioso
  4. Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7): Hornpipe
  5. Suite for piano, Op. 25: Präludium
  6. Suite for piano, Op. 25: Gavotte - Musette - Gavotte
  7. Suite for piano, Op. 25: Intermezzo
  8. Suite for piano, Op. 25: Menuett; Trio; Menuett da capo
  9. Suite for piano, Op. 25: Gigue
  10. Lied der Waldtaube, for mezzo-soprano & 17 instruments (arr. from 'Gurrelieder')
  11. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 1]
  12. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 2]
  13. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 3]
  14. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 4]
  15. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 5]
  16. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 6]
  17. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 7]
  18. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 8]
  19. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 9]
  20. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 10]
  21. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 11]
  22. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 12]
  23. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 13]
  24. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 14]
  25. The Book of the Hanging Gardens, cycle of songs (15) for voice & piano, Op. 15: [Part 15]
  26. A Conversation with Arnold Schoenberg

Disc: 2

  1. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: March
  2. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Menuet
  3. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Variations
  4. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Sonnet by Petrarch
  5. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Dance Steps
  6. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Song Without Words
  7. Serenade for baritone & septet, Op. 24: Finale
  8. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Introduction
  9. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Theme
  10. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 1
  11. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 2
  12. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 3
  13. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 4
  14. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 5
  15. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 6
  16. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 7
  17. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 8
  18. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Variation 9
  19. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: Finale
  20. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E flat major: Fuga (St Anne)
  21. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'
  22. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's 'Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist'

Disc: 3

  1. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: Premonitions
  2. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: The Past
  3. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: Chord-Colours
  4. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: Peripeteia
  5. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: The Obbligato Recitative
  6. Cello Concerto (transcription of Matthias Georg Monn's 'Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in D major') (also for cello & piano): Alle
  7. Cello Concerto (transcription of Matthias Georg Monn's 'Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in D major') (also for cello & piano): Anda
  8. Cello Concerto (transcription of Matthias Georg Monn's 'Concerto for keyboard & orchestra in D major') (also for cello & piano): Temp
  9. Transcription for orchestra of Brahms' Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor: Allegro
  10. Transcription for orchestra of Brahms' Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor: Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo
  11. Transcription for orchestra of Brahms' Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor: Andante con moto
  12. Transcription for orchestra of Brahms' Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor: Rondo alla zingarese: Presto

Disc: 4

  1. Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 38: Adagio
  2. Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 38: Con fuoco
  3. Die glückliche Hand, 1-act drama, Op. 18: 1. Bild
  4. Die glückliche Hand, 1-act drama, Op. 18: 2. Bild
  5. Die glückliche Hand, 1-act drama, Op. 18: 3. Bild
  6. Die glückliche Hand, 1-act drama, Op. 18: 4. Bild
  7. Quintet for winds, Op. 26: 1. Schwungvoll
  8. Quintet for winds, Op. 26: 2. Anmutig und heiter; Scherzando
  9. Quintet for winds, Op. 26: 3. Etwas langsam. Poco adagio
  10. Quintet for winds, Op. 26: 4. Rondo

Disc: 5

  1. A Survivor from Warsaw, for narrator, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 46
  2. Prelude, for wordless chorus & orchestra (for collaborative cantata 'Genesis Suite'), Op. 44
  3. Dreimal tausend Jahre, for chorus, Op. 50a
  4. De Profundis, for chorus, Op. 50b
  5. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41
  6. Violin Concerto, Op. 36: Poco allegro - Vivace
  7. Violin Concerto, Op. 36: Andante grazioso
  8. Violin Concerto, Op. 36: Finale: Allegro


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  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
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By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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More than 50 years after his death, the music of Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951) remains difficult and controversial. There is no other great composer whose works provoke such a broad range of reactions from listeners. Schoenberg's music developed markedly during his life. It deserves patience and careful hearing. A series of recordings on the budget-priced Naxos label by scholar and conductor Robert Craft offer an excellent point of entry for adventurous music lovers willing to engage with Schoenberg. Many of the Craft recordings are reissues of earlier releases on the Koch label while others are new. Craft's recordings are available in both single CDs and in box sets. There are two box sets of Craft's Schoenberg available, the first of which includes five CDs and a broad cross-section of Schoenberg's music. The Works of Arnold Schoenberg, Vol. 1 The second box set, which I am reviewing here, includes six CDs and a further broad sampling of Schoenberg. The works range in date of composition from 1895 to 1948. The earlier set focuses more on Schoenberg's later, 12 tone compositions while the current set includes more of Schoenberg's pivotal earlier works dating from roughly 1906 - 1911. The following paragraphs offer a brief summary of the highlights of this compilation.

Schoenberg's pivotal works begin with the Chamber Symphony No. 1, opus 9 (1906). Scored for ten winds and five strings, the Chamber Symphony is a taut work in a single movement in which Schoenberg combines the late romantic style of Wagner and Strauss with a musical modernism featuring the use of the whole-tone scale as well as of atonality.
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Robert Craft is most noted for his association with Igor Stravinsky: a close friend and a co-author of books, but he also knows very well the music of the Second Viennese School, esp. Schoenberg's music.(*) Naturally his interpretation of their works carries some weight of "authority".

Indeed, there is not a bad performance here. Among a few small segments of Schoenberg scores I've studied for pleasure, Craft has shown precise execution and intimate understanding, if not extrovert emotional involvement. Furthermore, there are a few lesser-known, but definitely worthwhile, works which are only available here, at least in the Amazon catalogue. Another BIG plus is Robert Craft's own very informative liner notes. A must read!

That said, not all performances here are my top drawer Schoenberg. For example, I think any serious Schoenberg collection should have Hilary Hahn's beautiful performance of Schoenberg Violin Concerto Op.36, one of my favorite violin concertos, and Karajan's stunning recording of "Variations for Orchestra" Op.31, among my favorite Schoenberg scores.

Here is a list of 5 CDs:
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2
Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; A Survivor from Warsaw
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The best way to explore the music of an unfamiliar composer is to immerse oneself in it. This is particularly true for difficult and demanding music, such as the works of the 20th Century composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874 -- 1951) whose music still provokes a broad spectrum of critical reactions. With the advent of budget priced CDs, it is relatively easy for anyone with the time and desire to do so to hear and try to respond to Schoenberg's music.

Robert Craft is a conductor and scholar of note who has deep knowledge of Schoenberg's music as well as that of Stravinsky's. Over the years, he has recorded Schoenberg's music extensively, and the results of his efforts, together with that of supporting artists, have been made available on the budget-priced Naxos label. The five CD's in this set also are available individually, which encourages listening to each CD and work in detail. I supplemented my listening by reading Craft's extensive program notes on each work together with Malcolm MacDonald's book "Schoenberg" written as part of the Master Musicians series.

In approaching Schoenberg, it is worth remembering that all music speaks to the heart and the emotions. Schoenberg was a modernist who found a need to expand the language of musical expression. It does Schoenberg a disservice to regard him as a "cerebral" or "intellectual" composer. Similarly, in hearing the 12 tone pieces for which Schoenberg has become notorious, it is best to try simply to hear and respond to the music rather than to try to pick out the details of the tone row. Schoenberg developed his musical language as a tool for expression rather than as an academic exercise.

Each of the five CDs in this set includes a variety of types of works by Schoenberg.
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