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SCHOENBERG: 6 Orchestral Songs / Kol Nidre / Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg, Vol. 7)

Composer(s):Schoenberg, Arnold
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - SecularOperaVocal
Catalogue 8.557525
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Volume VII of the Robert Craft Schoenberg Collection begins with the early Six Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, in which the obvious harmonic and melodic influence of Wagner is counterbalanced by a more personal instrumentation. For the originality and the musical beauties of Six Pieces for Male Chorus to be performed with accurate intonation, utmost clarity and balance of the polyphonic lines has taken three-quarters of a century. Kol Nidre is a little-known small-scale masterpiece. The excerpts from the ‘Golden Calf’ scene of Schoenberg’s unfinished opera Moses und Aron depict the sacrifice of the Young Girl and a quartet of Naked Virgins, followed by an orgy of destruction and suicide.


Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,February 2008

Rating: A

Budget label excels with Schoenberg songs

GETTING SERIOUS: If anybody doubted Naxos' determination to fill out Robert Craft's Schoenberg series, originally begun on other labels, this should be reassuring. The vocal works here, ranging from all periods of the composer's career, are rarely performed, especially as well as they are done here.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2007

Attach the name Richard Strauss to the Six Songs for Soprano and Orchestra and audiences would flock to hear them. But give a dog a bad name and it sticks, the sight of the name 'Schoenberg' guaranteed to empty concert hall seats even after a hundred years. For those still to discover the fact that early Schoenberg is an extension of Wagner and Strauss, the big, sumptuous and highly charged soprano songs belong to the era of German eroticism that gave us Tristan and Isolde. Completed in 1904, they are very taxing, often high in the register and set against the large orchestra, the young American soprano, Jennifer Welch-Babidge, never sparing her voice even in the loud passages, while she offers a creamy quality whenever Schoenberg allows. Friede auf Erden is performed



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