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Cat. No. CHSA 5074(2) Price: £11.5 No. of discs: 2
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CHSA 5074 - Berg: Orchestral Works
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Available From: 01 March 2009
Berg: Orchestral Works

The works on the present SA-CDs span Berg’s creative career from his first published piece, the Piano Sonata, Op. 1, here performed in the orchestration by Theo Verbey, to the Violin Concerto and the Symphonic Pieces from the Opera ‘Lulu’, the last works that were fully completed when Berg died at the age of fifty in 1935.

The Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen performs the Violin Concerto, for which she is well known. The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last year: ‘Van Keulen brought Manon Gropius vividly to life in the concerto, matching her tone and expression to each episode; flighty and cheerful in the first, plucky and aggressive in the second, serenely resigned at the end, where Berg quotes a Bach chorale. The enigmatic folksong woven into both movements (hardly Bachian with its risqué text) had a mysterious feel, and van Keulen tied it all up in a performance as narrative as it was nimble.’

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An outstanding new collection of the key works of Berg, spanning the creative career of the composer, with a few novelties thrown in too... Throughout , these performances benefit from superb Chandos SACD sound and excellent playing from the Gothenberg orchestra..."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

’The orchestration of the Piano Sonata by Theo Verbey gives us a virtually new piece. The impact of the brilliantly idiomatic scoring makes it a quite different affair from the work played on the piano, and is a real addition to the repertoire… Thanks to the lucid conducting of Mario Venzago, the magnificent and fearless playing of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and a Chandos recording which combines clarity and enormous weight, this set represents an outstanding addition to the catalogue, and a to some extent fresh approach to this intense oppressive music.’
 

BBC Music Magazine

The orchestration of the Piano Sonata by Theo Verbey gives us a virtually new piece. The impact of the brilliantly idiomatic scoring makes it a quite different affair from the work played on the piano, and is a real addition to the repertoire… Thanks to the lucid conducting of Mario Venzago, the magnificent and fearless playing of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and a Chandos recording which combines clarity and enormous weight, this set represents an outstanding addition to the catalogue, and a to some extent fresh approach to this intense oppressive music.
BBC Music Magazine

 

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