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SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Erwartung (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 9)


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SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Erwartung (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 9)

Schoenberg’s polyphonic tone poem Pelleas und Melisande is often compared to Debussy’s opera based on the same text by Maurice Maeterlinck. According to the composer, “The first performance, 1905, in Vienna, under my own direction, provoked riots among the audience and even the critics. Reviews were unusually violent and one of the critics suggested putting me in an asylum and keeping music paper out of my reach. Only six years later, under Oscar Fried’s direction, it became a great success, and since that time has not caused the anger of the audience”. The most innovative features of Erwartung, a “monodrama for soprano and large orchestra”, are the continual variation of orchestral textures, and the constantly changing tempi. Not only are the instrumental combinations new, but the instruments themselves are required to produce new sounds.

Schoenberg, Arnold

  Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5
1.   Anfang - 00:06:41
2.   Lebhaft - 00:04:00
3.   Sehr rasch - 00:01:52
4.   (Rehearsal No. 23) - 00:06:52
5.   Langsam - 00:07:41
6.   Sehr langsam - 00:05:45
7.   Sehr langsam 00:07:33

Schoenberg, Arnold
Pappenheim, Marie, lyricist(s)

  Erwartung, Op. 17
8.   Scene 1: Hier hinein 00:02:56
9.   Scene 2: Ist das noch der Weg 00:02:45
10.   Scene 3: Da kommt ein Licht! 00:02:23
11.   Scene 4: Er ist auch nicht da 00:20:32

Total Playing Time: 01:09:00

Schoenberg, Arnold

Pappenheim, Marie

Craft, Robert

Philharmonia Orchestra

Silja, Anja

Label: Naxos

Genre: Opera; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557527

Barcode: 0747313252725

Boxset: 8.506023

Physical Release: 08/2008

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