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Schoenberg The Death of Spring

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« on: May 22, 2021, 08:08:12 am »

Arnold Schoenberg
Frühlings Tod [The Death of Spring] (symphonic poem after Nikolaus Lenau, 1898, unfinished)
   Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
   Riccardo Chailly, conductor [broadcast, 1985]

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Actually, quite a bit more than a fragment, almost ten minutes long. Gorgeous late Romanticism, predating Verklaerte Nacht and Gurrelieder. Sadly, it ends very abruptly -- a great shame it wasn't completed but at least we have the opportunity to hear what there is.

Thumbs up from yours truly! Many thanks, Maris.

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2021, 11:17:56 am »

Yes, Maris, it's absolutely gorgeous. Thank you very much. It seems odd to me that what survives is in such a state of completion; there must have been a short score and sketches from which Schoenberg produced this fully-orchestrated torso; unless, of course, he composed directly into full score, which I guess is possible, although unlikely, I'd have thought. I wonder where this MS was found...
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