Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Glenn Gould Plays Arnold Schoenberg

For Schoenberg, as for his predecessors the great 19th century composers, the piano was always the solo instrument par excellence, the instrument of confessions and of work, and the most complete of all. Unlike Bartok or Prokofiev, however, Schoenberg was not a virtuoso pianist. This did not prevent him from adding to the piano repertoire five essential works standing out, one might say, as milestones in his creative evolution - with the two exceptions of this, so-called "expressionist", period and of his last period, the baroque-like splendor of wich nonetheless saw the composition of the Piano Concerto. From his earliest Lieder, Op. 1, 2 & 3, Schoenberg showed a predilection for the keyboard, from wich he was endeavoring to draw effects of an almost symphonic richness. When, after the Gurre-Lieder, Pelleas und Melisande, the First Quartet, and the Chamber Symphony, Op. 9, he was no longer satisfied with the "extented tonality" of the Second Quartet and wished to make a permanent break with the habits of centuries, it was to the piano that he turned. The Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 11, wich he composed simultaneously with the song-cycle Das Buch des hängenden Gärten, Op. 15, were completed on August 7, 1909 and given their initial performance at the end of that year. The first and second of these pieces still show distinctly romantic influences. Ideed Schoenberg would remain faithfull to certain formulae inherited from Brahms, but he placed them in an entirely new context, using a determinedly atonal language with increasingly close polyphony, while tending toward the "total chromaticism" and the "perpetual variation" that were to become principles in serial twelve-tone technique ; in these pieces he already avoided perfect chords, cadences, doublings at octave, and above all, literal thematic recapitulations...
From the booklet, H.-L. de La Grange (Translated by Robert Cushman)

Glenn Gould
Arnold Schoenberg
 Piano Music


Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11
1 I. Mässig  4:08
2 II. Sehr langsam  8:19
3 III.Bewegt  2:33

Fünf Klavierstücke, Op. 23
4 I. Sehr langsam  2:35
5 II. Sehr rasch  1:58
6 III.Langsam  4:26
7 IV. Schwungvoll  2:46
8 V. Walzer   2:49

Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19
9 I. Leicht, zart  1:26
10 II. Langsam  1:03
11 III.Sehr langsam  0:49
12 IV. Rasch, aber leicht  0:22
13 V. Etwas rasch  0:27
14 VI. Sehr langsam   1:17

Suite für Klavier, Op.25
15 I. Prelude  0:50
16 II. Gavotte, Musette  4:40
17 III.Intermezzo  5:28
18 IV. Menuet & Trio  3:53
19 V. Gigue  2:32

Klavierstücke, Op.33a & b
20 I. Mässig  2:40
21 II. Mässig - Langsam   4:21



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Recorded at 30th Street Studio, New York City ; June 30 & July 1, 1958 [# 1-3] ; September 28-29 and November 16 & 18, 1965 [# 4-8] ; June 29, 1964 and September 28-29, 1965 [# 9-14] ; January 1964 [# 15-19] ; & November 1965 [# 20-21]


jazzlover said...

This Canadian is the best classic piano player ever. I've almost all works from him include this overture Shoenberg. Great post for the colectors of Classics

Melanchthon said...

fcapeau said...

Yes, Thank you to remind us of one Prince of the piano ! Remember he was a close friend of Bill Evans.

Unknown said...

Es una lástima que el link ya no esté disponible.

Is a pity that the link is no longer available. :(