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Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg)

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in these arrangements for chamber ensemble featuring Katie Bray (soprano) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone).

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 481.

This is the third in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire. 

The works in this recording transport us to a period of vast musical change: in Mahler we hear nostalgia welded with modernism; with Wagner, we hear the sunset of Romanticism; with Zemlinsky we hear the seeds of fin-de-siècle Vienna; and in all, the extremities of emotion distilled into non-symphonic forces. Arnold Schoenberg's own arrangement of Mahler's intensely personal song cycle is followed by Erwin Stein's arrangement of Busoni's landmark composition Berceuse élégiaque.

Specially commissioned for this chamber series is Christopher Austin's arrangement of Zemlinsky's evocative Sechs Gesänge, which enjoys its premiere recording here. Closing the disc is Wagner's infamous Siegfried Idyll.

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Bruckner Symphonie No. 2

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in the premiere recording of Anthony Payne's new arrangement of Bruckner's Second Symphony

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 442.

This is the second in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire. This brand new edition was commissioned by Royal Academy of Music Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood who asked composer Anthony Payne (of Elgar's Third Symphony fame) if he would adopt the principles of Schoenberg's Society in a new version of this symphony.

Whilst employing a slightly larger ensemble than the core group used by Schoenberg, this scoring serves to reveal the luminescent appeal of a little-known nineteenth-century masterpiece - whilst also extending Schoenberg's and his pupils' practice of refined intimacy. Upon hearing the recording Anthony Payne remarked ‘the arrangement exceeded my most extravagant expectation...performed magnificently under Trevor Pinnock's direction by one of the finest chamber groups I've heard.'

Rounding off this recording is Strauss' Wein, Weib und Gesang arranged by Alban Berg, whose own pieces were regularly performed by the Society.

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Mahler Symphony No.4

Mahler's fourth symphony and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune as arranged by Schoenberg for his Private Musical Performances

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 438.

Arranged for Schoenberg's 1918 Society for Private Musical Performances, these reductions were designed to highlight the fresh perspective a stripped-back orchestration could offer the listener. With this recording, Trevor and the Academy launch a series of performances and recordings which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire, including newly commissioned arrangements for this series.

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9524867256_xkZ4k.jpgExquisite Fires: Music of Linda Bouchard with the National Arts Centre Orchestra; Marquis Classics (1998)

Marquis Classics catalogue # MAR219

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9524966295_zmRNJ.jpgRenée Fleming: Sacred Songs in Concert from Mainz Cathedral with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Mainzer Domchor; Decca records (2005)

Decca Classics catalogue # 4400743129

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