Alban Berg

Alban Berg

This exciting 2-CD set from EMI Classics features music written in the 20th century, a period of enormous upheaval, both political and artistic. During these 100 years, music went through an unprecedented period of revolution and transformation and the music in these CD’s illustrates how these changes manifested themselves in the musical landscape.

Along with Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg and earlier also Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg was a major force in music during his lifetime. While his musical output was not too large, his compositions still to this day bring forth comments that involve amazement and wonder.

This Alban Berg album includes his Violin Concerto; Three Orchestral Pieces; Piano Sonata No.1; the String Quartet No.3, and more. Here are the details:


1) Violin Concerto (1935)
Frank Peter Zimmerman/Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart/Gianluigi Gelmetti/1990

2) Lulu-Suite (1935)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle/1987

3) Three Orchestral Pieces (1914)
Bamberger Symphoniker/Ingo Metzmacher/1995


1) Piano Sonata (Op. 1) 1907
Peter Donohoe/1989

2) String Quartet (Op. 3) 1911

3) Lyric Suite (1925-6)
Alban Berg Quartett/1991

4) Sieben fruhe Lieder (Seven Early Songs) 1928
Sine Bundgaard/Danish Radio Sinfonietta/Matthias Pintscher/2005

Here is the conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, talking about Alban Berg:


Now here are the players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado, as they perform Alban Berg’s Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6

I. “Präludium” (Prelude)
II. “Reigen” (Round Dances)
III. “Marsch” (March)



And here is Glenn Gould playing Berg’s Sonata for Piano Op 1:



Tags: Alban Berg, Three Orchestral Pieces, Michael Tilson Thomas, Violin Concerto, Piano Sonata No.1, String Quartet No.3, Lyric Suite, Lulu Suite

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