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ANTON WEBERN  

(1883 - 1945)

Webern, with Alban Berg, was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna, moving in style to atonalism (music without tonality or key centre) and then 12-note music or serialism (music based on a series of the 12 semitones or half-steps of the modern scale). He wrote music of brief concision and often of extreme delicacy. His influence on later composers has been considerable.

Music

Webern’s sensitive technical command is shown in his Orchestral Variations of 1940, while his innovative approach to the past is demonstrated in his version of a Bach fugue, Fuga (Ricercata). Works originally intended for orchestra include the Passacaglia of 1908, the Six Pieces of 1909, the Five Pieces for small orchestra completed in 1913, and a Concerto for violin, clarinet, horn, piano and strings. These all underwent a measure of transformation in varying arrangements. Webern’s Symphony of 1928 lacks a projected third movement. His style is apparent in the music he wrote for solo instruments or smaller ensembles. These range from the Five Movements for string quartet of 1909 to the String Quartet of 1938. His Piano Variations were written in 1935–6. His songs include settings of poems by Richard Dehmel and Stefan George, and verse taken from Bethge’s Die Chinesische Flöte.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Idil Biret LP Originals Edition Naxos 8.501402

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY CHORAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1090
Choral - Secular
Art and Music: Klimt - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558146
Orchestral
BERG, A.: Lyric Suite / DUTILLEUX, H.: Ainsi la nuit / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz (Ludwig Quartet) Timpani
1C1005
Chamber Music
BERG, A.: Piano Sonata No. 1 / WEBERN, A.: Variations / BOULEZ, P.: Piano Sonata No. 2 (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 4) Idil Biret Archive
8.571277
Instrumental
Cello Recital: Stradner, Christoph - GOLDMARK, K. / SUK, J. / WEBERN, A. / STRAUSS, R. (Turn of the Century Cello) (Stradner, Owen) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80145
Chamber Music
Choral Music - VALEN, F. / BERG, A. / MESSIAEN, O. / WEBERN , A. (Refractions) (Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Pedersen) BIS
BIS-1970
Choral - Secular
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 1: Dancing On A Volcano (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102033
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 6: After the Wake (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102043
Classical Documentary
Music for String Orchestra - PROKOFIEV, S. / HINDEMITH, P. / WEBERN, A. / BARTÓK, B. (Visions fugitives) (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen) BIS
BIS-2126
Orchestral
Orchestral Concert: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra - WEBERN, A. / STRAVINSKY, I. / MAHLER, G. (Boulez) Accentus Music
ACC-30230
Orchestral
PART, A.: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten / ALLEGRI, G.: Miserere / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz (Secret Classics) Delos
DE1031
Orchestral
PFITZNER, H.: Symphony in C Major / SCHUMANN, R.: Concertstuck (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572770
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Berg, Clemens - CHOPIN, F. / BERG, A. / WEBERN, A. / TROJAHN, M. / GINASTERA, A. Oehms Classics
OC721
Instrumental
Quartettsatze (Quartet Movements) - WOLF, H. / PUCCINI, G. / ORFF, C. / IVES, C. / RIHM, W. / SCHUBERT, F. / WEBERN, A. (Signum Quartet) Capriccio
C5064
Chamber Music
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SCHOENBERG / BERG / WEBERN: Piano Music Naxos
8.553870
Instrumental
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartet No. 2 / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz / BERG, A.: Lyrische Suite (excerpt) (C. Schafer, Petersen Quartet) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix133
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A: Verklarte Nacht / BARTOK, B: Divertimento / WEBERN, A: Langsamer Satz (Moscow Virtuosi, Spivakov) Capriccio
C67104
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht / WEBERN: Selected Piano and Chamber Works BIS
BIS-CD-1467
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
STRINGS ATTACHED (Scenes de Quatuor) (Documentary on Artemis Quartet, 2001) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3073068
Classical Concert
Vocal Recital: Shirai, Mitsuko - SCHOECK, O. / BERG, A. / HINDEMITH, P. / NUMMI, S. / BRITTEN, B. / WEBERN, A. / RESPIGHI, O. / BERIO, L. Capriccio
C67024
Vocal
WEBERN / SCHUBERT: Works for String Orchestra Oehms Classics
OC333
Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / REGER, M.: Eine romantische Suite / SCHOENBERG, A.: 6 Orchester-Lieder (Nold, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10865
Chamber Music
WEBERN, A.: Symphony / 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / Concerto (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.557530
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Vocal, Chamber Music, Concertos
WEBERN, A.: Vocal and Orchestral Works - 5 Pieces / 5 Sacred Songs / Variations / Bach-Musical Offering: Ricercar (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 2) Naxos
8.557531
Orchestral, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Chamber Music, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: Vocal Music (Shirai, Holl) Capriccio
C10862
Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80271
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80272
Orchestral, Vocal, Concertos, Chamber Music, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music
WEBERN: Complete Songs with Piano Naxos
8.570219
Vocal
WEBERN: Passacaglia / Symphony / Five Pieces Naxos
8.554841
Orchestral
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