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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, October 2019

A compelling account of Gurrelieder (recorded in 2006) features Melanie Diener as Tove and Andreas Schmidt as the speaker, while Die glückliche Hand and Die Jakobsleiter hold the attention—that ‘truth waiting to be said’—more than most versions that I’ve heard. An elderly Vox recording of Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto with Wolfgang Marschner was well worth resurrecting, while the Piano Concerto is cleanly articulated by Claude Helffer (1973). There are dramatic readings of the Five Pieces for Orchestra and the Variations for Orchestra (both from 2005), and various Bach transcriptions, not to mention the bizarre String Quartet Concerto after Handel’s Op 6 No 7 (2013). © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Alain Steffe
Pizzicato, September 2019

Over a period of 60 years, Gielen has conducted all the masterpieces of Schönberg, Berg and Webern and recorded many of them several times. This box of 12 CDs not only represents a brilliant achievement in terms of interpretation and music history, but is also unrivalled in its completeness. The exceptional musical quality of this box is complemented by valuable work descriptions by Elvira Seiwert, Rainer Peters and Paul Fiebig. A must for all friends of the music of the Neue Wiener Schule. © 2019 Pizzicato



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, June 2019

Gielen’s performance of the orchestrated version of the String Quartet No. 2 is more spacious, though still intense, and also more clearly detailed than the famous mid-1940s performance by Dmitri Mirtopoulos with the NBC Symphony. And happily, soprano Slavka Taskova has a firm, attractive voice and excellent diction. © 2019 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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