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Five Orchestral Pieces, Op.16
Cello Concerto (After G. M. Monn)
Brahms orchestrated Schoenberg
Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25
Fred Sherry (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra [Opus 16]
Philharmonia Orchestra
Robert Craft

Opus 16 (May 1994) and Piano Quartet (October 1998) recorded in Abbey Road Studios, London; Cello Concerto (October 2000) recorded in Walthamstow Centre (sic), London
CD No: NAXOS 8.557524
Duration: 77 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Anyone resisting Arnold Schoenberg’s music should find this release a fine bargain-introduction to the composer’s different sides – the radical Five Orchestral Pieces, the quirky ‘freely adapted’ Cello Concerto after Georg Monn (1717-50) and the marvellous transcription of one of Brahms’s most approachable chamber works here given a rustic and vital rendition under Robert Craft who supplies a detailed booklet note.


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