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Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Audio Report: Schoenberg, Webern, Berg

Just listened to a CD featuring Schoenberg:

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Concerto for Piano, op. 42
Drei Klavierstucke, op. 11
Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke, op. 19

Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Variations, op.27

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Piano Sonata, op. 1

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs solo and with the Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez conducting. Recording dates: 1998 and 2000.

This music is atonal, serial, twelve-tone. Berg and Webern were both students of Schoenberg. I liked best the Berg sonata, which reminded me somewhat of Scriabin. It was written in 1907-08.