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Arnold Schoenberg: Moses Und Aron/Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38
Roland Hermann, Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez
Arnold Schoenberg: Moses Und Aron/Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2

Pierre Boulez's 1974 recording of Schoenberg's brooding opera is sure to fascinate the audience for 20th-century music, but other opera lovers will probably find the disc somewhat tedious. Moses und Aron is a very curious ...  more »

      
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Pierre Boulez's 1974 recording of Schoenberg's brooding opera is sure to fascinate the audience for 20th-century music, but other opera lovers will probably find the disc somewhat tedious. Moses und Aron is a very curious work. Musical motives are mirrored in ramifications, but the overall conception is essentially plastic, rather than developmental or dramatic. Such a static canvas provides intriguing challenges for both the opera house and its audience. Gunter Reich as Moses and Richard Cassilly as Aron sing powerfully. --Joshua Cody
 

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Moses and Aron revealing of Schoenberg's religious ideas
John Harrington | 04/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Moses and Aron does not, perhaps, contain all of the pathos of an opera such as Wozzeck, but it is a great work in its own right. The overall mood of the piece reflects Schoenberg's awe towards God. Schoenbergs' representation of the voice of God, for example, is ingenious. The chorus supports their voice on various pitches, creating a massive tone cluster. The sound evokes wind, but also power and majesty. There is little sense of dramtic progression (and schoenberg never finished the third act, so there could also be no climax) but the work revolves around the God of the Isrealites rather than the Isrealites themselves, making the personalities of the characters less important to the meaning of the work. It is a revealing look into the mind of Schoenberg and his spiritual ideas, perhaps more than any of his other works. Boulez's direction of the BBC orchestra is good, as always."