NAXOS' ROBERT CRAFT COLLECTION
IN THE NEWS
THE NEW YORK TIMES, SAN JOSE
MERCURY NEWS FEATURE
ALL-NEW RECORDINGS OF SCHOENBERG AND WEBERN
AND PETRUSHKA TO BE RELEASED MARCH 22nd
Recent articles in The New York Timesand the San Jose Mercury
News have praised two newly-recorded CDs of music by Schoenberg
(8.557520) and Webern (8.557530)that Naxos released in January
as part of its Robert Craft Collection.
David Schiff, writing
in The New York Times on Sunday, commended Craft and his performers
for assured interpretations that make the music shine with the "glowing
patina of classics," providing “rich overviews of the evolving
styles of Webern and Schoenberg."
In a review last weekend of the Schoenberg CD featuring his Concerto
for String Quartet - a piece based on a Handel Concerto Grosso - Richard
Scheinin noted that “for all the demanding density and complexity of his
music, Schoenberg always gave his listeners a foothold. The performances
on this disc bring him across directly and vividly."
On January 18th, Naxos of America released the first
four recordings in its new Robert Craft Collection: re-issues of
Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Les Noces and Arnold
Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder as well as the recordings of music
by Schoenberg and Webern discussed by Schiff and Scheinin.
The Robert Craft Collection, when complete, will be a comprehensive
survey of works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern, conducted and
compiled by one of the most astute authorities on twentieth century music.
The next release in the Robert Craft Collection is a re-issue of Stravinsky's
Firebird (complete Urtext edition) and Petrushka
with the Philharmonia Orchestra, that arrives on March 22nd,
SCHOENBERG: Concerto for String Quartet; The Book of the
Hanging Gardens, Opus 15; Suite for Piano, Opus 25; Song
of the Wood Dove from Gurre-Lieder (arranged by Schoenberg
in 1923 for 18 musicians); A Conversation with Arnold Schoenberg.
Robert Craft, Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble, Fred Sherry
String Quartet, Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Oldfather
WEBERN:Symphony, Op. 21 and other pieces
Robert Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra, Twentieth Century Classics
Ensemble, Jennifer Welch-Babidge (soprano)
STRAVINSKY: Firebird and Petrushka
Robert Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra