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  Schoenberg: Scherzo, Presto, Chamber Symphony, String Quartet No. 3
  Schoenberg: Scherzo, Presto, Chamber Symphony Op. 9 (trans. Webern), String Quartet No. 3 Op. 30

Prazak Quartet
Jaromir Klepac (piano)
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  Classical - Chamber
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Review by JJ March 5, 2011 (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
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With this fifth volume devoted to Arnold Schoenberg’s chamber music, it is not only the face of an essential composer we hear, but also one whom we are fond of. The pieces from youth Scherzo and Presto, dating from 1896, were not published until 1966. These latter are included with the Chamber Symphony Op.9 in Webern’s arrangement from 1923 for string quartet and piano, and the String Quartet N°3 Op.30. The later “seems to us to be resolutely modern,” underlines Bernard Fournier, “in that Schoenberg, without nostalgia or irony, mourns classical language, and imposes on the forms he uses new working protocols whose modalities derive from serial logic and the spirit that animates it.” Supported by a warm DSD sound recording, the Prazak and Jaromir Klepac deliver a musical discourse that is most profound, offering a unique marriage of tonal intoxication and of ardor of expression, set in perfect instrumental balance. Schoenberg’s music here finds the perfect synthesis between the past and the future, relegating to the history books the tenacious image of a cerebral, hermetic composer. What a treat!

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 4  

Arnold Schoenberg - Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
Arnold Schoenberg - Presto
Arnold Schoenberg - Scherzo
Arnold Schoenberg - String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30