This double-disc album is an illuminating 21/2-hour musical tour of Vienna, from the classical period of Mozart to the 20th-century iconoclasm of Arnold Schoenberg, seen by means of the lenses of woodwinds, piano and strings.
Clarinettist Maximiliano Martin and pianist Julian Milford are ever-present in all of the seven works carried out.
The first disc opens with Mozart’s Kegelstatt Clarinet Trio Ok. 498, delightfully scored for clarinet, viola and piano.
Its congeniality and heat proceed into the well-known pair of Piano Quintets (piano with winds, particularly clarinet, oboe, bassoon and French horn) by Mozart and Beethoven, good companions heard alongside one another.
The Second Viennese School occupies the second disc.
But first take heed to the Trio In D Minor for clarinet, cello and piano by Alexander Zemlinsky, higher often called a instructor and Schoenberg’s brother-in-law.
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Its late Romantic and Brahmsinfluenced idiom is a shock to the system when adopted by Schoenberg’s compact Chamber Symphony No. 1 (transcribed by his pupil Anton Webern), which brazenly flirts with atonalism.
The ground-breaking 12-tone idiom turns into established with the Adagio from Alban Berg’s Chamber Symphony, however the music has vestiges of lushness and sentimentality.
To shut, Johann Strauss the Younger’s Emperor Waltz, organized for septet by Schoenberg, makes for a very scrumptious encore.
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