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WEBERN, A.: Symphony / 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / Concerto (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 1)

Composer(s):Schubert, FranzWebern, Anton
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumentalOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.557530
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

As an important issue in the ‘Robert Craft Collection’, Naxos here offers an exceptionally generous selection of Webern’s nature works. Eight brief pieces for various forces frame the three central works, the Six Pieces, Op. 6, the most powerful example of his early atonal period, exploiting a very large orchestra, the Symphony, Op. 21, for chamber orchestra, one of the finest works of his later, fully serial period, and the Concerto for nine soloist, the most popular of his chamber works. The Philharmonia plays warmly in Opus 6, with the 20th Century Classics Ensemble from New York giving virtuoso performances of the other two, also supplying players fro the other two, also supplying players for the smaller-scale piece. Jennifer


Review By ,Classic Voice,June 2005


Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,May 2005

With this initial batch of releases in what Naxos calls its Robert Craft Collection, the label brings together new and old recordings of the conductor's "holy trinity" of 20th Century masters: Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Webern. . . .

Prize of the lot is Craft's 2001 recording (previously issued on Koch) of Schoenberg's lush, late-Romantic cantata, "Gurre-Lieder." . . . Not only is his nearly two-hour performance one of the most warmly expansive in the catalog, the solo and choral singing as well as the orchestral playing rival that of several starrier recordings. The excellent soloists include Melanie Diener as Tove, Jennifer Lane as the Wood Dove and Ernst Haefliger as the Speaker.



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