Anton Webern (1883-1945)

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20071210

Anton Webern (1883-1945)

1/5. Donald Macleod tackles Webern's forbidding reputation, and explores some myths about the spirit behind his music.

Quartet, Op 28 (2nd mvt)

Quatuor Parisii

Four Songs, Op 13

Heather Harper (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Concerto, Op 24

Members of the Staatskapelle Dresden

Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

Passacaglia, Op 1

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Quartet, Op 28

Quatuor Debussy

Langsamer Satz

Psophos Quartet

Two Songs, Op 19

BBC Singers

Ensemble InterContemporain

20071211

2/5. Donald Macleod reveals how tragedy blighted Webern's early career, and considers the way his erratic, headstrong personality shaped the music he wrote.

Schmerz, immer blick nach oben (Three pieces for string quartet)

Dorothy Dorow (soprano)

Schoenberg Quartet

Five Movements, Op 5 (String orchestra version)

Munchener Kammerorchester

Christoph Poppen (conductor)

Three Songs (Nos 1 and 2)

Svetlana Savenko (soprano)

Yuri Polubelov (piano)

Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, Op 2

Netherlands Chamber Choir

Six Pieces, Op 6

The Cleveland Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

Four Pieces for violin and piano, Op 7

Jesse Mills (violin)

Christopher Oldfather (piano)

Six Songs, Op 14

Heather Harper (soprano)

Members of the London Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

0320071212

Donald Macleod investigates how Webern's encounter with his mentor Arnold Schoenberg led to a continuing relationship that imposed on huge areas of his life and music, and not always in a positive way.

Kinderstuck

Yuji Takahashi (piano)

Piano Quintet

Ensemble InterContemporain

Five Songs, Op 4

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Eric Schneider (piano)

Three pieces for cello and piano, Op 11

Fred Sherry (cello)

Christopher Oldfather (piano)

Six Bagatelles, Op 9

Artis Quartet

Symphony, Op 21

The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra

Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

Quartet, Op 22

Jennifer Frautschi (violin)

Daniel Goble (tenor saxophone)

Michael Lowenstern (clarinet)

0420071213

The years between the Wars brought hardship to Webern and all of Austria, but the composer also discovered a new muse, the poet Hidegard Jone. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Five Pieces, Op 10

Staatskapelle Dresden

Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

Trio, Op 20

Ani Kavafian (violin)

Richard O'Neill (viola)

Fred Sherry (cello)

Three songs, Op 23

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Eric Schneider (piano)

Das Augenlicht, Op 26

BBC Singers

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Bach, arr. Webern: Fuga (Ricercata)

Munchener Kammerorchester

Christoph Poppen (conductor)

Cantata No 1, Op 29

Christine Oelze (soprano)

05 LAST20071214

Donald Macleod reflects on Webern's intense love of his homeland Austria, which helped him through the difficulties of the Second World War until his death at the hands of an American soldier.

Variations, Op 30

Ulster Orchestra

Takuo Yuasa (conductor)

Three Songs, Op 25

Halina Lukomska (soprano)

Charles Rosen (piano)

Im Sommerwind

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Variations for piano, Op 27

Barry Douglas (piano)

Cantata No 2, Op 31

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Gerald Finley (bass)

BBC Singers

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Ideale Landschaft

Svetlana Savenko (soprano)

Yuri Polubelov (piano)