Verklärte Nacht was Schoenberg’s breakthrough piece yet it had a difficult reception in Vienna with its ‘forbidden chords’. To modern ears, it’s romantic and lush, even cloying with touches of Brahms and Wagner.
Richard Dehmel’s poem on which the work is based is a simple story of a man and woman in a moonlit wood as she confesses that she is carrying the child of another man. The music shimmers as the man forgives the woman, they kiss and walk on.
This live performance is taken from a performance the ensemble gave in 2014 as part of a concert celebrating Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th Birthday. Max joined us for the performance and if you look carefully you can spot him in the audience!
Benedict Holland & Lucy Baker – violins
Heather Wallington and Catherine Yates – violas
Jennifer Langridge & Paul Grennan – celli
Link to the YouTube Premiere: https://youtu.be/qLdE2WhEj44
For the past ten weeks we have released a new film or set of films each week. The series comes to an end this week with Schoenberg’s masterpiece, but we will be back soon with films of 24 new works by emerging composers which we’ll release through YouTube Premiere.
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