Alban Berg

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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

Reviewed by: Paul Cherry

Reviewed: April 2007
CD No: EMI 3 81771 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes

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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