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Work: Violin Concerto "To the Memory of an Angel"

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ComposerBerg, Alban (1885-1935)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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CologneLiszt, Berg, Strauss

Liszt, Berg, Strauss R.
Gürzenich Orchestra; Robert Trevino; Alena Baeva

GothenburgTo the Memory of our loved ones

Berg, Schoenberg, Mozart
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Barbara Hannigan; Veronika Eberle; Ylva Stenberg; Emma Sventelius; Gyula Rab

GenevaOSR / Matthias Pintscher

Berg, Mendelssohn
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Matthias Pintscher; Leila Josefowicz; Agneta Eichenholz; Delphine Haidan; Zürcher Sing-Akademie

LausanneOSR / Matthias Pintscher

Berg, Mendelssohn
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Matthias Pintscher; Leila Josefowicz; Agneta Eichenholz; Delphine Haidan; Zürcher Sing-Akademie

ViennaFrançois-Xavier Roth & Frank Peter Zimmermann

Webern, Berg, Schoenberg
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Frank Peter Zimmermann
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First and Second Viennese School side by side in the Elbphilharmonie

Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert | NDR
Frank Peter Zimmermann dazzles in an angelic tribute, while Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester emphasise clarity at the expense of warmth.
***11
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Outstanding Beethoven, disappointing Berg from the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO in Berg and Beethoven © Mark Allan
With fabulous solo singing from Pavol Breslik and Elsa Dreisig, Beethoven's only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives turns out to be a gem. Sadly, the Berg Violin Concerto misses the mark.
****1
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Rustioni returns to Belfast with heroic tales of love and death

Daniele Rustioni © Davide Cerati
From the trials in love of a libertine, through the death of an angel, to the rise of an emperor, Rustioni takes charge of a rollercoaster evening of emotional turbulence.
****1
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Definitive Berg from Tetzlaff with Salonen and the Philharmonia

Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
As part of Philharmonia’s the Bittersweet Metropolis strand focusing on the music and culture of Germany in the interwar years, Esa-Pekka Salonen curated an interesting group of works designed to paint a picture of the more serious end of the music world in Berlin.
****1
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Tetzlaff's superb Berg with the Cleveland Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher © Kai Beinert
Early works by Schoenberg and Webern filled out an austere program.
****1
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