Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op.6
Violin Concerto (To the Memory of an Angel)
Lulu – Symphonic Suite
Sieben frühe Lieder [Seven Early Songs]
Piano Sonata, Op.1
Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5
Wozzeck – Act III Interlude
Lyric Suite
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher [Opus 6]

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Gianluigi Gelmetti [Violin Concerto]

Arleen Auger (soprano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle [Lulu]

Sine Bundgaard (soprano)
Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Matthias Pintscher [Sieben frühe Lieder]

Peter Donohoe (piano) [Opus 1]

Sabine Meyer (clarinet) & Lars Vogt (piano) [Opus 5]
Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher [Wozzeck]

Alban Berg Quartett [Günter Pichler & Gerhard Schulz (violins), Thomas Kakuske (viola) & Valentin Erben (cello)] [Lyric Suite]

Recorded between 1987 and 2004
CD No: EMI 3 81771 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes
Reviewed: April 2007
If Berg’s music is problematical, this generous two-for-one release could help. Berg (1885-1935) may have been a progressive, but he was a Romantic, too; maybe he took over Mahler’s mantle. This is deep-structure music of terrific punch and emotional onslaught. The Violin Concerto was stirred by the death of a young girl, and much here is rapturous, passionate and moving.


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