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Berg: Violin Concerto, Three Pieces for Orchestra

Catalogue numberCHAN5270W
Release date2022-09-30

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Born in 1885, Alban Berg was one of the most significant composers of the Second Viennese School, whose output proved tremendously influential in the development of music in the twentieth century. He was a student of Schoenberg, who found that his juvenile compositions were almost exclusively written for voice; his natural ability to write lyrical melodic lines (even in later life while following the restrictions of twelve-tone serialism) probably remained the most outstanding quality of his style. His Op. 1 Piano Sonata was the fulfilment of a task set by Schoenberg to write non-vocal music. The Passacaglia, written between the sonata and World War I was only completed in short-score, and may have been intended to form part of a larger work. Both pieces are recorded here in skilful orchestrations by Sir Andrew Davis. The Three Orchestral Pieces were composed alongside his first great masterpiece, Wozzeck, and could be seen as a tribute to his musical hero, Mahler. The Violin Concerto, from 1935, was commissioned by the American violinist Louis Krasner, but was inspired by the premature death (from polio) of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler and the architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, hence the subtitle ‘to the memory of an angel’. It proved to be one of the composer’s final works as Berg died later that year as the result of an abscess from an insect sting.
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01 Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (Orchestrated by Sir Andrew Davis) 12:04 $ 2.42 USD
02 Passacaglia (Orchestrated by Sir Andrew Davis) 04:24 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Alban Berg
  Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6 21:03
03 Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6: I. Präludium 04:39 $ 0.93 USD
04 Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6: II. Reigen 06:05 $ 1.22 USD
05 Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6: III. Marsch 10:19 $ 2.06 USD
  Composer: Alban Berg
  Violin Concerto 28:29
06 Violin Concerto: I. Andante 11:57 $ 2.39 USD
07 Violin Concerto: II. Allegro 16:32 $ 3.31 USD
  Album total 66:00
ArtistAndrew Davis
BBC Symphony Orchestra
James Ehnes
ComposerAlban Berg

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