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On demand: Concert Club II: Schoenberg before Serialism

Join us on 31st August at 19:30 UK time for our second Concert Club!

Welcome to the second At Home Concert Club, a regular event in which like-minded music fans can get together online and enjoy the fantastic concerts in our on demand archive. Each event will be curated around a central theme or genre. Join us to watch the concerts, discuss the performances and works and to connect with other classical music lovers!

In the second instalment, Danny Riley selects prime cuts from Schoenberg's early career. See below for the programme, videos and related articles.

Until relatively recently, the only Schoenberg that I knew of was the dry - though fascinating - theoretician of the twelve-tone serial technique. Consequently I was greatly surprised to learn that the gloriously swelling, lush and decidedly tonal orchestral prelude to the secular cantata Gurrelieder was, in fact, by that very same Austrian composer. I was amazed that a composer could make such an artistic shift in such a short space of time, something I’d like to explore in this Concert Club event.

This is why I have chosen the prelude and first two songs of Gurrelieder, even though it was written after Verklarte Nacht, as the opening piece. In selecting these pieces, I am attempting to give an impression of the trajectory of Schoenberg’s early career, from a late Romantic in the Wagnerian mould to an Expressionist who sought to explore the hidden depths of the psyche. Pierrot Lunaire, the unsettling avant garde cabaret, relates the inner monologue of a clownish, tragicomic figure, mixing sex, violence and blasphemy.

- Danny Riley

Bachtrack internalRecorded at Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Norway
Programme
Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951)Gurrelieder (I. parts 1 - 3 only)
Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951)Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 (arr. E. Steuermann for piano trio)
Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951)Pierrot Lunaire
Performers
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward GardnerConductor
Osiris Trio
Andreas AlinFlute, Piccolo
Mats AllardClarinet
Joakim WendelViolin
Daniel HolstCello
Stefan LindgrenPiano
Anne PajunenVoice
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