Alban Berg (1885-1935)

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01Sound Secrets: A Tangled Web20070129

Berg's richly expressive music left a hidden legacy. Concealed among the notes of his pieces were revelations about his private life, waiting to be discovered. Donald Macleod picks up the trail during the composer's troublesome teens.

Seele, wie bist du schöner (Soul, how much lovelier you are)

(From Five Orchestral Songs to Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg)

Jessye Norman (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Jugendlieder (Youthful songs, 1901-8) Nos 1, 2

Ann Schein (piano)

Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op 5 (1913)

David Peck (clarinet)

Scott Holshouser (piano)

7 Early songs for voice and piano

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Claudio Abbado (conductor).

02Sound Secrets: A Watchful Eye20070130

Donald Macleod investigates Berg's often difficult relationship with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg, including how Berg secretly depicted him in his music.

Sahst du nach dem Gewitterregen den Wald (Have you seen the forest after the thundery shower?)(From Five Orchestral Songs to Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg)

Jessye Norman (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Piano Sonata, Op 1 (1907-08)

Peter Hill (piano)

String Quartet, Op 3 (1909-10)

Schoenberg Quartet

Schliesse mir die Augen beide (Close both my eyes) (1907)

Ann Schein (piano)

Adagio (Chamber Concerto for piano, violin and 13 wind instruments 1923-25)

Janneke van der Meer (violin)

Pierre Woudenberg (clarinet)

Sepp Grotenhuis (piano).

03Sound Secrets: Suddenly All Is Over20070131

Donald Macleod explores Berg's Vienna, a city of breathtaking change. Shockwaves were felt from new discoveries in sciences and the arts and new fears were unleashed as the Austrian empire began to crumble. Vienna's young artists produced deliberately radical works of art designed to shock.

Uber die Grenzen des All (Beyond the bounds of space)

(From Five Orchestral Songs to Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg)

Jessye Norman (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Four Songs, Op 2 (1909-10)

Dagmar Peckova (soprano)

Irwin Gage (piano)

Three Orchestral Pieces, Op 6 (1913-15)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Wozzeck, Act 111 (excerpt)

Marie....Josephine Barstow (soprano)

Wozzeck....Andrew Shore (baritone)

Magret....Jean Rigby (mezzo)

Doctor....Clive Bayley (bass)

Captain....Stuart Kale (tenor)

Susan Singh Choristers

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

Philharmonia Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Schliesse mir die Augen beide (Close both my eyes, Theodor Storm, 1925)

Ann Schein (piano).

04Sound Secrets: To You, Sole Beloved20070201

In 1925 Alban Berg embroiled himself in a passionate love affair with Hanna Fuchs Robettin. She was the muse for one of the most incredible secrets in the history of music - the hidden vocal finale to Berg's Lyric Suite, a passionate love poem, which was only discovered 50 years later. With Donald Macleod.

Nichts ist gekommen (Nothing has come)

(From Five Orchestral Songs to Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg)

Jessye Norman (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Hier ist Friede (Here is Peace)

Sepp Grotenhuis (piano)

Bob Zimmerman (harmonium)

Janneke van der Meer (violin)

Viola de Hoog (cello)

Lyric Suite (1925-26)

Schoenberg Quartet

Largo desolato, with suppressed vocal finale De Profundis clamavi (Baudelaire trans. George, From Lyric Suite)

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)

Kronos Quartet

Der Wein (The Wine, Baudelaire trans. George)

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Claudio Abbado (conductor).

05 LASTSound Secrets: Pandora's Box.20070202

Donald Macleod looks at Berg's final masterpieces, both of which include secret self-portraits of the composer.

Hier ist Friede (Here is peace)

(From Five Orchestral Songs to Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg)

Jessye Norman (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Lulu (Act 11 excerpts)

Alwa....John Graham-Hall (tenor)

Lulu....Lisa Saffer (soprano)

Manservant....Alan Oke (tenor)

Dr. Schön....Robert Hayward (baritone)

Acrobat....Robert Poulton (baritone)

Countess Geschwitz....Susan Parry (mezzo)

Schoolboy....Anna Burford (mezzo)

English National Opera Orchestra

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Violin Concerto (1935)

Daniel Hope (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Paul Watkins (conductor).